USA vs North Korea – Who Would Win? (Military Comparison 2019)


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and another update to what has quickly become one of the most heated relationships in the
international community. In the last few years North Korea has proven
that it has the technological sophistication to develop a nuclear weapon, and while its
missile technology barely gives it the ability to target the American west coast, it is more
than capable of raining nuclear fire down on its regional enemies: Japan and South Korea. In the last year there has been reason to
hope that a military conflict between the US and North Korea would be avoidable, yet
after two summits between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, we are no closer to a resolution
to the nuclear crisis on the peninsula. Promises by North Korea that it would ramp
down or stop its nuclear program after the first face-to-face meeting with President
Trump were quickly proven false as the American intelligence community confirmed that major
activity was still taking place in North Korea’s hidden nuclear labs. North Korea, wary of how easily the US removed
several Middle Eastern dictators from power, sees having nuclear weapons as a necessity,
and after years of promises by his father and his grandfather before him, acquiring
nuclear weapons is also a matter of life and death for Kim Jong Un. Failure to achieve a nuclear capability by
North Korea will certainly spell the end of the young dictator’s life, as political rivals
use the opportunity of failed promises to oust and likely kill him. So with the threat of all-out conflict ever-present
on the peninsula, just how do the two nation’s militaries compare? In case of war, strategy often matters more
than weapons, and both sides have markedly different strategies for winning. North Korea has learned well the lessons from
Iraq and Afghanistan, and rather than achieve an all-out victory over the United States
it knows is impossible, instead the north has focused on making the conflict so costly
in terms of collateral damage and civilian casualties that the US will sue for an early
peace. Much like the Soviet Union during the Cold
War, the north will try to force the US to the negotiation table by making the US’s protectorate
lose its will to fight. In the Cold War, the Soviets planned on overrunning
NATO and seizing the whole of Germany and Belgium, then using the governments of those
two nations to sue NATO for peace. In a new Korean war, the North will attempt
to make the conflict so costly that South Korea will lose all will to continue fighting
and force the US to negotiate with the North. One of the linchpins of this strategy is South
Korea’s capital: Seoul. A city of almost ten million people, the South’s
capital lies only thirty five miles (50 km) from the DMZ that separates the two nations. This places Seoul square in the sights of
long range North Korean artillery pieces- so much firepower that a conventional artillery
strike against the city will cause untold devastation. While not all of the North’s artillery could
reach Seoul, enough to do serious damage to the city and kill tens of thousands of people
are within range. North Korea’s 122mm, 240mm, and 300mm multiple
rocket launchers as well as more traditional 170mm self-propelled guns could all fire thousands
of rounds into Seoul itself, and a single volley of the North’s 300mm rocket launchers
could deliver over 350 metric tons of explosives across the entire city. With over 11,000 artillery platforms ranging
from rocket launchers to towed and self-propelled artillery, North Korea still retains a major
advantage over the United States in artillery pieces, whom only fields about 2700 total
artillery, nearly evenly split between rocket launchers, towed artillery, and self-propelled
artillery. Then of course there’s the fact that most
of the US’s inventory isn’t actually present on the peninsula. Upon the start of hostilities though the South’s
military would fall under American command per current operating procedures, giving the
US access to over 6,000 pieces of South Korean artillery, most of which is towed and self-propelled
artillery. The south, very cognizant of how vulnerable
Seoul is to an overwhelming artillery barrage, has deployed its artillery in order to very
quickly destroy North Korean artillery in counter-barrages, leaving the North with the
choice of exposing its most capable artillery pieces in an all-out attack on Seoul and risk
having them destroyed, or using them instead to strike at military targets. Seoul however is a key objective for the North,
and North Korean strategy does not extend much deeper into the South than the capital
city. There is also the matter of logistics, with
pre-war caches of supplies, ammunition, and fuel only capable of sustaining about a month
of intense conflict and only a few dozen miles into the South. Relying on an overwhelming, all-out attack
against the South in a bid to bring it to the negotiating table before the US can muster
its overseas forces to respond, the North would utilize its entire air force in waves
of suicide attacks against the South. In total the North only fields just under
a thousand aircraft versus the US’s 13,398. Of these, 458 are fighters vs the US’s 2,362,
and 498 are attack aircraft versus the US’s 2,831. North Korea’s air forces are overwhelmingly
antiquated, and feature cold war era relics such as the Sukhoi Su-7 and even the post-WWII
era Ilyushin II-28 medium bomber. It does feature a fleet of 35 Mig-29s, which
while older are still capable aircraft, but they would be unable to face the onslaught
of American and South Korean F-16s and F-15s nor the South’s modern anti-air defense network. Instead, North Korea would utilize these planes
as kamikaze units against ROK and American military targets as well as civilian targets. On the ground North Korea fields a force of
just over 6,000 main battle tanks, versus the US’s 6,287, or the South’s 2,654. North Korean tanks are overwhelmingly antiquated
models, with its main force of 1600 T-55s dating back to the post-World War II years. It does sport an unknown number of Soviet
made T-72s and T-80s, but these are thought to be very few in number and would not have
a significant effect on a ground campaign. While US tank forces would completely obliterate
the North’s antiquated tanks, again, most of the US’s own tanks are stationed elsewhere
around the world and would take time to get to the peninsula. The North would thus group its armor into
large armored advances that would easily break through the American and South Korean defenses
along the DMZ and roll towards Seoul at top speed, with the aim of cutting the city off
on the ground. While South Korea would respond with overwhelmingly
modern Abrams-derivatives, the K1 and K1A1, these are greatly outnumbered by the North’s
tank forces. Neither the North nor the South field a navy
of any considerable size, though the South does have the firepower advantage with its
small fleet of 13 frigates, and 12 destroyers. The North has long focused on trying to deny
the US the use of its aircraft carriers by building fleets of midget submarines that
are believed to be suicide attack vessels, meant to reach American carriers and sink
them or at least drive them off the Korean coasts. With the hands-down best anti-submarine warfare
capability in the world though, the United States would very easily be able to protect
its carrier battle groups from even the North’s Sang-O-class of subs. A boat only 34 meters long, the Sang-O subs
are meant to ferry special operations forces for missions into the south, and used as a
last-ditch defense against American carrier battegroups. In the past, the US and South Korea would
have responded to a North Korean attack via a fighting retreat action, falling back from
prepared position to prepared position and drawing the North deeper into the South while
buying time for the US’s air power to arrive from Guam and Japan. Then the two allies would push deep into the
North under the cover of the largest aerial bombing campaign since the original Korean
war. While most of its equipment is antiquated,
and its troop’s training and morale are both very poor, the North’s sheer numbers would
give it the initial advantage- at least until US air assets responding from Guam began to
decimate the North’s advances over the DMZ. Today, the initial strategy of a fighting
retreat is still in place, but instead of pushing deep into the North to achieve a conventional
military victory, new plans known as OPLAN 5015 focuses on the use of targeted strikes
and special forces to destroy the North’s command and control networks and kill its
leaders, including Kim Jong Un. A decapitating blow is thought to be enough
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100 thoughts on “USA vs North Korea – Who Would Win? (Military Comparison 2019)

  1. North Korea doesn't have to do anything the South Korean President Moon Jae In is a socialist and is currently ruining the South. He has removed dmz outposts, and all the massive cement blocks above roads north of Dongducheon. He has done absolutely nothing for the South Korean economy and is in a spat with Japan even pulling out of the intelligence sharing pact.

  2. south koreans are prepared to make the sacrifices necessary to reunite the peninsular, albeit blood or infrastructure. they can rebuild within two years. they woudnt dare use nukes since that would turn china and russia against them.

  3. This show is so politically bias lol , try making videos without injecting your politics in a non direct way, we know you’re a screaming whining liberal

  4. The DPRK has already flogged the world's bully to the negotiation table-something Iraq and Syria couldn't do.

  5. I'm afraid everyone who lives in South Korea need to leave for about 3 months. Otherwise, what's the point ? Are we supposed to let this psychopath get rockets capable of reaching all the way across the planet and attack us here deep into the United States.? I'm afraid 300 million in the US outweigh the population in South Korea. The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one." Sorry Spock." 😓

  6. I kept picturing toad artillery, not towed artillery, I guess because the image of tiny frogs in WW2 infantry uniforms is funny…I had to turn on the subtitles to learn why the Nor'Kor's were loving toad artillery and other toad-based weapons. Oh, I see, "towed"…..

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  8. When the video started i already expected that people are gonna make fun about Kim Jung Un being skinny in the vid

  9. Why can't North Career and all them other Chinese countries just be friends? It's so sad that prejudice exists in their land too

  10. At the time this video was made, the US military has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001 without achieving victory. DRNK has a trained, professional army.

  11. Video:south and America will crush the North Korean army China;:you forget someone

  12. If it's not north Korea .. it's Iran if it's not Iran it's China and if not any of them it's Russia ..oh I forgot Venezuela and Cuba ..

  13. NK: We vastly outnumber their more modern MBTs, we should be able to win an armor advance easily!

    Anyone who's seen a documentary on 73 Easting:

  14. If the USA cared less about the collateral damage like the North Koreans..We would end them. In almost all of our recent wars we have failed mostly because we held our soldiers back from doing their jobs with rules that our enemy never follows. United States won't definitively win another war until they can stomach higher losses like they once could.

  15. Do not trust VPNs. Just sayin'. You're directly handing-over data to a 3rd party.
    Fun Fact, The US could use 8000-9000 nukes on North Korea which would impact in 11 minutes, and the afterglow could be seen from Alpha Centauri and Valhalla.

  16. Not even watched this yet, paused at the start but the answer is stupidly obvious. 1 on 1 the usa would smash most countries apart quite easily

  17. Quite ridiculous. Even a donkey would know the answer. Once this dictator is down there will pop another one. So the question is not who will win. Question is how much one valuate power and how one will use it.

  18. Seriously, why can’t we all just get along? What does North Korea have to gain by being such a secluded, isolated, ruthless dictatorship if its citizens are starving to death and its forces so outgunned it’s not even funny? If they just chose to cooperate with the world, things would probably be so much easier for its citizens. I don’t even see why their army still chooses to follow orders from Kim jong un. Why not just forget him and negotiate with South Korea into unification instead of allowing their families to starve to death? I guess that the goal of smuggling in information of the outside world into North Korean citizens hands is to expedite this process so they can see for themselves that the rest of the world isn’t as evil as their dictator was once able to brainwashing them into believing.

  19. North Korea's goal is not to be militarily superior. Their goal is to be enough of a military threat, for an adversary to not want to be involved in a conflict to begin with.

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