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Morning freshness with a nuclear flavor

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The war on the Korean Peninsula will bring losses incomparable to the gains expected by its participants


The intensity of military tension on the Korean Peninsula is growing. International economic sanctions, large-scale military exercises of the Republic of Korea and the United States provoked retaliatory steps by the DPRK leadership. The level of military tension between the two Korean states has reached a critical point. What is the ratio of the military potentials of the opposing sides and how likely is war?

According to military experts, the personnel of the North Korean army have good combat training, and the command has a high level of operational training. Ideological treatment and the mentality of the people determine the extremely low sensitivity of personnel to casualties and their readiness to fight to the last soldier.

Assessing the DPRK armed forces as a whole, it can be stated that they are capable of conducting effective defensive actions even against a high-tech enemy in the conditions of his domination aviation. However, the offensive operations of the North Korean army against such an enemy will be accompanied by exceptionally large losses with very dubious chances of success.

The internal political stability of North Korea, the high level of political and ideological motivation of the population and the army, the determination of the country's political leadership to fight to the end, significant stocks of weapons and ammunition, a large mobilization resource, as well as the ability to rely on their own production of weapons and ammunition, allow DPRK to count on long-lasting success. war, even with significant losses of the population and the armed forces.

In general, to defeat the North Korean armed forces, their opponents will have to put up comparable groups.

Army of the DPRK

North Korea has powerful enough, although equipped with obsolete weapons of about a million. More than 4,5, a million military-trained reserves, allow the North Korean military and political leadership to deploy a group of several million armed forces at the beginning of the war.

The basis of the North Korean army is the ground forces, which in peacetime number about 900 thousand people. In stock about 3500 tanks (1800 of them are T-62, the rest are T-55, T-54 and their Chinese replicas), 200 infantry fighting vehicles and 2500 armored personnel carriers, more than 12 field artillery guns and 000 MLRS, more than 2500 units of anti-tank missile systems and guns.

In the air defense of the ground forces, there are about 10 000 units of MANPADS and more than 11 000 anti-aircraft guns of various calibers, as well as a certain amount of the Krug and Cube systems, probably, and Buk.

The missile armament of the North Korean army is represented by more than 50 launchers of operational tactical and tactical missiles. It is armed with tactical missile systems of the Soviet development "Luna" and operational-tactical "Scud". Based on the latest, the DPRK created its own missile with a range of 550 kilometers.

The total number of tactical and operational-tactical missiles is estimated at approximately 1000 units. Created as part of its own missile program, the Nodong-1 rocket has a firing range of up to 1000 kilometers, and the medium-range rocket Tepodon-1 and Tephodon-2 are 3500 and 6000 kilometers, respectively.

All operational-tactical missiles and medium-range missiles of the North Korean army have low accuracy of firing, which makes them ineffective for hitting point protected targets with the exception of those equipped with nuclear warheads.

According to military experts, the DPRK currently has 10 – 12 nuclear weapons. Basically it can be ammunition adapted for use as aerial bombs or underground nuclear mines. Given the weakness of the North Korean bomber aircraft, those nuclear weapons that cannot be used as missile warheads are more likely to be used as underground nuclear bombs.

Morning freshness with a nuclear flavor

The DPRK Air Force has about 1500 aircraft of various types. Among the relatively modern can be attributed only 36 fighter MiG-29 and 45 MiG-23, as well as 34 attack aircraft Su-25. The remaining aircraft have extremely limited combat value.

The DPRK's air defense system is based on 24 СРК С-200, 128 ЗРК С-125 and 240 ЗРК С-75. There is a significant amount of anti-aircraft artillery.

The air surveillance system is built on the basis of Soviet-made ground-based radars, mainly 60-s of production and their Chinese copies, which makes it extremely vulnerable to modern electronic jamming.

A significant amount of radar allows you to create a multi-layered radar field with a lower limit of 200 – 300 meters on the most dangerous directions of enemy EIA strikes, and on others - 400 – 600 meters.

According to its technical level, the air defense control system complies with the 60 – 70 years of the last century and does not satisfy the requirements of modernity either in terms of noise immunity or in terms of operational efficiency. However, a large number of anti-aircraft fire weapons in a relatively limited area of ​​the country allows you to create their extremely high density. This, despite outdated equipment, makes the DPRK air defense system quite effective even in the fight against modern types of aircraft.

North Korea does not have modern means of electronic suppression, but it has significant capabilities for the implementation of operational camouflage measures, which is facilitated by the favorable terrain. It must be assumed that it is precisely operational camouflage measures that can play a decisive role in disrupting the air offensive of a potential enemy.

The strike force of the DPRK Navy is made up of 22 submarines of the 033 project (a Chinese copy of a Soviet submarine of the 633 project developed at the end of the 50-s), 50 small and ultra-small submarines of its own construction, as well as 34 missile boats of Soviet construction and their Chinese and North Korean copies.

In addition, the North Korean Navy has significant mines weaponsmostly obsolete types.

The mountainous terrain and the system of fortifications built over 50 over the years, including underground tunnels and deep laying objects (more than 100 meters deep in mountain ranges), make it possible to cover even the tactical nuclear weapons located in them, large military contingents with heavy weapons, including armored vehicles, field artillery and air defense systems, as well as launchers of medium-range missiles.

Spectrum of capabilities of the DPRK

Evaluating the capabilities of the armed forces of the DPRK, can be noted.

1. Despite outdated weapons, the DPRK ground forces have a sufficiently high combat potential. A significant amount of anti-tank weapons, field artillery and a well-developed network of fortifications allow them to conduct effective defensive actions even against a high-tech adversary that is one and a half to two times in size and under the rule of his aircraft in the air.

However, the offensive capabilities of the ground forces in such conditions are very limited due to the outdated tank fleet.

The mountainous terrain, pre-prepared shelters and stocks of weapons and ammunition will allow the deployment of a large-scale guerrilla war, which can last for years. At the same time, in order to suppress the partisan movement, the aggressor in the occupied territories will have to devote considerable ground forces (based on the experience of Afghanistan and Iraq — up to 200 thousand people and more).

The cash composition of the DPRK special operations forces, taking into account the possibilities of their delivery to the enemy’s territory, makes it possible to deploy effective sabotage activities of several dozen sabotage groups in the enemy’s operational and even strategic depth, that is, practically throughout South Korea.

The tactical and tactical complexes of the DPRK ground forces allow striking targets at tactical and operational depths. With this composition they are able to disable or destroy four to six objects.

Taking into account the possible opposition of the enemy, the operational-tactical and tactical missile systems of the ground forces can destroy or disable for some time up to 10 – 15 objects such as an airfield, command post, communications center.

The limited size of the territory of South Korea will actually make it possible to exert influence on operational-tactical missile systems on the entire depth of the operational construction of the enemy grouping.


2. The number of medium-range missiles "Tepkhodon-1" and "Tepkhodon-2" is relatively small. The low accuracy of their shooting will cause significant damage to no more than one American base.

The estimated available stockpiles of nuclear weapons give reason to talk about the possibility of the DPRK using such missiles from one to two to four to five nuclear strikes against military targets in South Korea, Japan and the United States within reach.

3. The DPRK air forces have very limited capabilities for attacking ground targets in South Korea due to the outdated fleet of aircraft.

With the beginning of the war with the southern neighbor, the main part of the bomber and attack aircraft is likely to be destroyed as a result of attacks by the enemy’s aircraft and missiles, as well as the effects of its air defense weapons within two to five days.

DPRK air defense capabilities are significantly higher.

If stationary anti-aircraft missile systems are destroyed with a high probability within three to four days of an air offensive, then mobile SAM systems will most likely mostly retain their combat capability, forcing the enemy to devote a significant aviation resource to support the actions of the attack groups. A large number of anti-aircraft artillery will not allow aviation to proceed to actions at low altitudes to identify and destroy the equipment and facilities of the ground forces of the DPRK.

As a result, the effectiveness of enemy aviation will be significantly reduced. In combination with effective operational camouflage measures, this will jeopardize the success of not only the air offensive operation, but also the entire air campaign, even with the overwhelming quantitative and qualitative superiority of the enemy aircraft.

In general, it can be assumed that the DPRK air defense system in combination with operational masking measures and taking into account the complex terrain will be able to successfully resist the US-South Korean aviation grouping up to 800 – 900 aircraft. And for the success of the US air campaign, South Korea and its allies will have to create a group of aircraft of at least 1800 – 2000 aircraft of various classes.

4. Navy of North Korea can create a threat the fleet enemy only in the coastal part of the adjacent seas and oceans, mainly mine weapons, as well as the forces of missile boats and ultra-small submarines.

The submarines of the 033 project have extremely limited capabilities in the fight against modern surface ships and are valuable only as carriers of mine weapons.

Missile boats, armed with outdated missiles, do not pose a threat to modern cruisers, destroyers and frigates with powerful air defenses.

Owing to their low autonomy and speed, ultra-small submarines are capable of hitting ships that are stationary near the coast or moving at slow speed.

The mine weapons of the DPRK Navy will pose a major threat to the fleet of the likely enemy. A large number of various mines allows you to create dense minefields, to overcome which will require significant mine-sweeping forces and a lot of time. If these barriers are covered by coastal artillery and ground-based missile anti-ship complexes, the fight against the danger of mines will also be accompanied by significant losses.

It is mine weapons that could jeopardize the possibility of a naval landing operation by a possible opponent of the DPRK.

Army of the Republic of Korea

The main opponent of the DPRK on the Korean Peninsula - the Republic of Korea also has very numerous armed forces - about XXNX of thousands of military personnel. Just like in the DPRK, the basis of the South Korean army is ground troops (about 700 thousand people). Unlike their northern neighbor, they are equipped mainly with modern combat equipment.

More than 2000 tanks, which are in service with the ground forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 880 relatively modern types, of which 800 own production (type 88) and 80 Russian (T-80).

The field artillery of the land forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan numbers 3500 non-self-propelled and 900 self-propelled guns.

Missile armament is represented by 12 PU OTR NHK-1 / 2 and order 200 of ATACMS tactical missiles with a range of 150 and 300 kilometers.

The Army of the Republic of Kazakhstan is armed with 2500 BTR and BMP, as well as more 500 helicopters, including 60 AH-1F and 80 UH-60P.

The Korean Air Force has about 600 airplanes, among which the most modern are the 60 F-15K and 165 F-16 fighters.

Other combat aircraft that retain combat value include the 170 F-5 and 68 F-4.

Anti-aircraft fire cover includes American-made 200 air defense missile systems Nike-Hercules, 110 air defense missile systems Advanced Hawk, 35 air defense missile systems Mistral and around 500 ZSU Vulkan.

Automated air defense control system basically meets modern requirements.

The basis of the Republic of Korea Navy is quite modern destroyers, frigates and corvettes of UROs with a total number of 43 units, as well as about 20 submarines, including eight newest non-nuclear submarines of the German production 214 project.

The surface ships of the main classes of the fleet of the Republic of Kazakhstan are armed with the Garpun anti-aircraft missile, but the air defense weapons are mainly represented by anti-aircraft artillery complexes, which significantly reduces their combat stability from attacks against even the old means of air attack.

Mine-sweeping forces are represented by XMUM minesweepers.

The airborne assault vehicles of the Republic of Korea have 11 tank landing ships, three small landing ships and more 30 landing craft, which allow for the landing of amphibious assault forces on a tactical scale.

The Marine Corps has about 28 thousand people.

The main component of naval aviation is anti-submarine aviation, represented by eight American-made P-3В and P-3С aircraft, as well as 15 S-2F, which allow for effective combat against North Korean submarines.

In addition, the Navy of the Republic of Korea has about 100 combat boats of various classes, including five missile ones.

The level of combat training of personnel and operational training of commanders of the armed forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan is assessed by experts as average, and according to this indicator the South Korean army is inferior to the North Korean.

Low in comparison with the North Korean army and the moral potential of personnel. In this regard, we can assume that the South Korean armed forces will be very sensitive to combat losses.

Evaluating the army of the Republic of Korea as a whole, it should be recognized as one of the most technically equipped and numerous in the region.

Its ground forces are able to conduct successful offensive and defensive operations on an army scale.

Tactical missile systems are able to hit up to 30 point and area targets.

However, given the terrain and scale of fortification preparation in the southern regions of North Korea, the ground forces of South Korea are unlikely to be able to realize their offensive capabilities against their northern neighbor.

The South Korean air force is also unable to solve the problem of suppressing the North Korean air defense system, and therefore, to render effective assistance to ground forces. Its air defense system can almost completely eliminate the threat from the DPRK air force, and the Navy can independently dominate the sea in its operational zone. However, the composition of their mine-sweeping forces is not able to ensure the maintenance of an effective mine-risk control.

The armament of the main ships of the South Korean Navy does not allow for providing effective fire support to ground forces in the coastal direction and suppressing the enemy’s coastal defenses.

In combination with the low capabilities of the South Korean air force to suppress North Korean air defense and the limited mine risk capabilities of the South Korean Navy, it is unlikely that they will be able to conduct landing operations.

Strategic balance

In general, assessing the military potentials of the two Korean states, we can state the parity of military power: the technological superiority of the armed forces of South Korea is offset by the number and incomparably high morale of the North Korean army.

The ground forces of the Republic of Korea cannot conduct successful offensive operations against the North Korean army due to the presence of its deeply defensive defense, saturated with a large number of anti-tank weapons and artillery and based on a developed system of powerful fortifications and a favorable relief.

The North Korean navy is also unable to count on the success of offensive operations due to outdated weapons.

The Air Force of the Republic of Korea is unable to suppress the deep-defiled DPRK air defense system, which is saturated with anti-aircraft fire weapons, and the Air Force of its northern neighbor does not have modern aviation for successful actions against it.

The fleet of South Korea is able to win supremacy on the sea, the significance of which is leveled by the inability of the South Korean fleet to effectively fight against the mine threat and the inability to render effective assistance to the coastal flank of his army with firing means of ships and the landing of amphibious assault forces.

Takes place rare in the military stories a case in which both opposing sides have a defense potential that far exceeds the offensive potential.

Nevertheless, tensions on the Korean Peninsula are growing and there is concentrated a sufficiently large military potential, which can be significantly enhanced by the factions of the armed forces of other states.

A military clash in a limited space of the Korean Peninsula will also be affected by countries bordering the conflict zone, in particular Russia.

Under these conditions, predicting the nature of possible military actions on the peninsula is a very urgent task.

Who and why will fight

The goal of a possible military conflict on the Korean Peninsula by the opponents of the DPRK will be the elimination of its state sovereignty with the inclusion of the Republic of Korea.

China in this case, most likely, will seek to prevent the defeat of Pyongyang. That is, for North Korea, this conflict will be a war for survival.

To defeat the North Korean armed forces, their opponents will have to put up comparable in size, but significantly superior in combat potential groups of armed forces.

On this basis, it can be argued that for a war with North Korea, its opponents will need to form a coalition of states. It will be based on the United States and South Korea. If the international political situation is favorable for them, Japan and some other countries of the region, as well as a number of European countries, such as the United Kingdom and France, may additionally be part of it.

The total number of groups of coalition armed forces can reach from 900 thousand to a million people and more, up to three thousand tanks, five to six thousand armored fighting vehicles of various types, 8 – 10 thousand units of field artillery, 1800 – 2000 aircraft of various classes, to 150 surface ships (including up to six aircraft carriers) and up to 40 submarines (including up to 25 atomic with cruise missiles "Tomahawk").

The high sensitivity of the people of the United States and South Korea to the human, material and political losses that are inevitable if the war against North Korea is delayed will force the leadership of the anti-North Korean coalition to look for ways to win the short-term campaign.

Delaying the war with North Korea could lead the United States, South Korea and its allies to the need to complete it without fully achieving their political goals.

In the event of the threat of the complete defeat of the North Korean armed forces, China will put forward a grouping of its armed forces sufficient to prevent the fall of the North Korean state.

North Korean nuclear missile

A likely reason for a decision on a military operation against North Korea will be the achievement of a certain critical milestone in the nuclear missile sphere, for example, a series of nuclear tests or launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

With the adoption of a decision on military aggression against the DPRK, a period of advance preparation for war against it will begin. The goal is to create military-political, international legal, moral-psychological and military-strategic conditions that ensure the possibility and success of a future war.

A large-scale information operation will be launched, aimed at discrediting the political leadership of the DPRK in the international arena, within its own states and among the population of North Korea itself. Special attention will be paid to the search for individuals from among the military and political leaders of the DPRK at various levels who are ready for treason for the sake of security guarantees and monetary rewards.

Intensive activities will begin in the UN in order to obtain a mandate from the Security Council for a military operation against the DPRK.

Great efforts will be made in the diplomatic sphere, aimed at forming a coalition of states ready to take part in the operation against the DPRK. A special role is likely to be assigned to NATO, which will demonstrate its ability to act globally.

The duration of this stage can be from six months to one and a half years. Then will begin direct open preparation for war against the DPRK. The formal reason will be armed provocation near the land or sea borders of the DPRK, which will cause adequate actions of the North Korean armed forces.

The purpose of this stage is to create a grouping of the armed forces of the coalition for the war against the DPRK, to form the necessary material and technical reserves and to provide immediate moral and psychological preparation for the war.

In the face of explicit preparations for military aggression, the DPRK will mobilize its armed forces and strategically deploy groups in areas of upcoming hostilities.

The main content of this stage will be the strategic deployment of groups of armed forces of the opposing sides, including a set of mobilization measures, and for the United States also strategic deployments of troops and military assets, totaling up to five to eight million tons.

At the same time, information operations will be conducted aimed at misinforming the military-political leadership of the DPRK, suppressing the will to resist its people and armed forces, bribing individuals from among the military and political leadership at different levels, moral and psychological preparation of their people and troops for the upcoming war.

Actions in the information sphere by the DPRK will be directed mainly at the moral and psychological preparation of the armed forces and the population for war.

According to the experience of other wars and armed conflicts of the 21st century, the duration of this phase can be six to nine months.

Air stage

At the beginning of the war, armed confrontation will be conducted mainly in the air. A coalition of states led by the United States will try to completely win air supremacy over North Korea, destroy its military and government system, eliminating the leading North Korean leaders, first of all Kim Jong-un, destroy the nuclear potential and the North Korean Navy, crush or crush ground forces in the regions the upcoming offensive and landing operations of their troops, crush the will of the North Korean people to resist by striking civilian targets.

During the air war phase, the DPRK will try not to allow its air defense and other groups of troops to be completely destroyed, to preserve the stability of the defense and nuclear missile potential, to ensure the normal functioning of the military and state control system, and to inflict a limited defeat on the air force and ground forces in within the reach of missiles and artillery, primarily with the aim of achieving a moral and psychological effect.

The main content of this phase will be the launching of missile and air strikes by the American-South Korean coalition against North Korea’s facilities and its air defense operations.

From an analysis of the experience of recent wars and the state of the DPRK armed forces, it follows that the United States and its allies launched a campaign consisting of a series of air offensive operations.

The first, most likely, they will begin hostilities, inflicting a massive rocket and air strike on the primary targets of the air defense system and the nuclear complex of North Korea.

North Korea can also begin hostilities by launching a preemptive missile and artillery strike, slightly reducing the effectiveness of the enemy’s first massive missile and air strike.

However, the political damage to North Korea from such a strike will be incomparably more - it will be exposed to the world community as an aggressor.

The information operations of the aggressor at this stage, in addition to directly ensuring military actions, will be aimed at creating a favorable international reaction to their actions, preventing third countries, primarily China, from being dragged into this conflict, as well as preventing the use of nuclear weapons by the North Korean leadership.

Given the state of the armed forces of the DPRK and its people, the experience of the Yugoslav and Libyan conflicts can be assumed that the duration of the air war can be from two to three to six to seven months or more.

The stage will end either with the cessation of hostilities or with the transition of the aggressor to the conduct of ground operations.

The cessation of hostilities may result from:

1. The refusal of the leadership of North Korea from further resistance, which is unlikely.

2. Diplomatic pressure of the world community or direct intervention in this conflict on the side of the DPRK of China.

3. The immediate threat from the DPRK is the transition to the use of nuclear weapons.

The reason for the cessation of military aggression may also be the overrun of weapons and the unacceptable losses of aviation, the growth of anti-war protests of the population in the leading countries of the coalition and economic problems.

At this stage, it is possible to use nuclear weapons from the DPRK, most likely of a demonstrative nature (without causing damage to the enemy) to intimidate the population and political elites of the opposing states in order to force them to negotiate peace.

The reciprocal use of US nuclear weapons is unlikely due to the inevitable negative reaction of the world community and the possibility of the actual use of nuclear weapons by the DPRK.

Already at the end of this stage, the probability of cessation of hostilities is high.

Ground operations

The next stage of the war will begin with the creation of conditions for the aggressor to conduct successful offensive land and sea landing operations with minimal losses.

This is possible with the reliable suppression of the enemy’s anti-landing defense and the destruction of the fortification system at least in a limited area of ​​the North Korean defense.

The purpose of the ground operations phase by the aggressor will be the rout of the DPRK armed forces and the occupation of its territory. On the part of North Korea - the disruption of the offensive and amphibious operations of the enemy with the application of unacceptable damage to it, which can force it to peace.

The main content of the stage will be operations and combat operations of the ground forces of the parties in the territory of North Korea. Its duration can range from several months to a year.

The land invasion of the territory of the DPRK proper will most likely begin with an air-naval landing operation of a strategic scale. Up to 150 warships of various classes and up to 150 – 200 thousands of marines, airborne, mechanized and tank forces that will land on the coast of the enemy as part of three or four echelons, as well as the main forces of the air force United States and its allies.

Given the geographical features of the theater of operations and the presence of a developed network of powerful fortifications, high morale of the army and the population of the DPRK, this period will be accompanied by large losses of personnel and equipment from both sides. Thus, the number of killed and wounded from all sides can reach tens of thousands of people, including at least 25 – 30 percent of them will be the loss of the coalition.

Such victims may be critical for the aggressor grouping, which may force it to abandon further hostilities and go to peace talks.

The possible reasons for the cessation of hostilities at this stage are also the diplomatic pressure of the world community, direct intervention by China, the threat of the DPRK to transfer to the use of nuclear weapons and the growth of anti-war protests of the population and crisis phenomena in the economies of the leading coalition countries - the United States, South Korea and Japan.

Atomic exchange

The risk of transition to the use of nuclear weapons at this stage is very great. Facing a real threat of complete defeat, the DPRK is likely to decide on a nuclear strike by all possible means.

Such a strike can be made shortly after the start of the landing operation and will include explosions of nuclear land mines, launches of medium-range missiles and air strikes. In total, it is possible to use from two to three to five to six nuclear weapons, depending on the effectiveness of the opposition of the enemy. Probable objects of nuclear strikes are coalition troops, parts of the military infrastructure and administrative-political centers in South Korea, as well as one of the American military bases.

The impact will result in huge casualties (several hundred thousand people, mostly South Korean civilians) and large, almost insurmountable areas of radiation contamination.

The United States will strike back with strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on the main administrative and political centers of North Korea, the protected objects of its nuclear complex, the key nodes of North Korean defense on land and coastal directions.

The scale of the retaliatory strike will be limited by the desire to minimize the zone of radioactive contamination both in the direction of Russia and China, and towards South Korea and Japan, especially to the areas where their troops are located.

In this regard, the probable number of nuclear warheads in the US retaliatory strike can be estimated at six to eight small and medium power units. Victims among the population of the DPRK will exceed hundreds of thousands and even millions of people.

In the future, the United States may use single nuclear strikes with ultra-low-power ammunition to destroy specially protected fortifications.

The exchange of nuclear strikes will lead to the loss of the ability of the DPRK to organize resistance. However, the considerable losses among the population of South Korea and the troops of the anti-North Korean coalition, the huge zones of radioactive contamination, as well as international pressure and intervention by China will force the parties to look for ways to end hostilities. As a result of a nuclear exchange, the war can be ended.

If the DPRK does not dare to use nuclear weapons, the war will continue.

Even after the defeat of the main groupings of the North Korean troops, the likelihood of the North Korean leadership refusing to resist, unless pressure is put on it from China, is extremely low.

Part of the North Korean leadership in the interests of preserving the political representation of the DPRK under the occupation of the country by the enemy can be evacuated to China.

The units and formations that have preserved their combat effectiveness will continue their resistance on their own, guerilla warfare will begin to develop in the occupied territories.

Guerrilla war

The goal of the third period of the war - the period of "disorganized resistance" - on the part of the aggressor will be to establish control over North Korea with the complete destruction of its statehood. On the part of the surviving representatives of the North Korean leadership and the units that have retained their combat capability are the prevention of the complete political liquidation of North Korean statehood.

The probability of using nuclear weapons at this stage is low due to the loss of command and control, the loss or destruction of nuclear weapons by the aggressor, and their duration can be several months, during which the units and formations of the North Korean army that have retained their combat capability will be consistently destroyed.

With their defeat, the stage of the partisan war will begin.

The developed network of fortifications, mountainous terrain covered with vegetation, and the considerable reserves of armaments, ammunition and other materiel in advance created by the North Korean leadership will make it possible to deploy a large-scale partisan war in North Korea, which can also be transferred to South Korea.

The actions of the partisan formations are very likely to be coordinated and materially supported from the territory of other states, in particular China.

This period can last for several years and, judging by the experience of Iraq and Afghanistan, will ultimately lead to the withdrawal of the United States and its allies from North Korea with the restoration of statehood there.

The war against North Korea can last from several days to several years. Expected losses can also vary within wide limits - from a few hundred people, while limiting the war only to its air phase to several million in the event that this war develops into a nuclear one.

It is most likely that the war will end after a few weeks of air campaign, when the high risk of its escalation into the nuclear phase becomes apparent. As a result, a compromise is possible: the DPRK will completely curtail its nuclear missile program, and the United States and its allies will go to a forced cancellation of sanctions against North Korea and sign an agreement to guarantee the non-use of military force against it. Most likely, the United States will radically reduce its military presence in South Korea.

At the same time, dragging the war into a nuclear phase will lead to enormous casualties, especially among the peaceful Korean population, and unprecedented destruction with dubious chances of success in establishing and maintaining control over the territory of the DPRK.

Thus, the war on the Korean Peninsula will not bring substantial gains to its participants, primarily the United States, and the losses from it, both material, political and moral, will be incomparably greater.

In this regard, the beginning of the war in the country of morning freshness (the poetic name of Korea), at least in the short and even medium term, should be considered unlikely.
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  1. Sibiryak
    Sibiryak April 16 2013 14: 29
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    "In this regard, the beginning of the war in the country of morning freshness (the poetic name of Korea), at least in the short and even medium term, should be considered unlikely."- I agree with the author! None of the Koreans want war, otherwise it would have flared up on the Korean Peninsula long ago. The main thing is that the overseas guys do not splash butter at the wrong moment, as it was before.

    1. Michael-89
      Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 41
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      But the north started the war of the 50th, and the red guys helped him. What are double standards?
      1. alexng
        alexng April 16 2013 16: 24
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        And what did Uncle Sam whisper to you about this? As far as I know, no one knows, except for the special services of some countries, as it was in reality. But right now there are only versions from different sides and they are completely opposite. Therefore, with statements it is necessary to be careful not to look like an idiot.
        http://www.agesmystery.ru/node/163
      2. Sibiryak
        Sibiryak April 16 2013 16: 36
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        Michael-89
        And where did you get that I meant the beginning of the Korean War in 1950 ?! The fact that the overseas guys did not allow unified Korea to unite after the Second World War by political fraud with an economic background is a fact, just as they were against the unification of Germany! So what are you talking about double standards I do not understand. request
      3. Zynaps
        Zynaps April 16 2013 16: 45
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        Quote: Michael-89
        But after all, the war of the 50th began precisely the north


        did not start. the war was beneficial to South Korean dictator Lee Sung Man, who was mired in corruption and not respected by the people. not to mention the fact that South Korea was created artificially, without taking into account the opinion of the northerners. although negotiations were ongoing. even such a garbage can as Pedivikia directly blames Lee Son Man for starting a war in Korea.

        there is a good book "The War in Korea. 1950 - 1953", a large chapter is devoted to the prehistory of the war in Korea in the Russian textbook on the history of diplomacy for MGIMO. there is a lot of documents and the development of the situation is analyzed in detail. so no need to retell Discovery and other false sources.
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    2. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg April 16 2013 22: 08
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      Quote: Sibiryak
      The main thing is that overseas guys do not splash the butter, at the wrong time, as it was before.


      This is exactly what is happening now striped guys pour all possible flammable liquids into the fire, which they can reach. And the moment is now the most, that there is "inappropriate".
  2. Vadivak
    Vadivak April 16 2013 14: 32
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    There are about 3500 tanks (of which 1800 are T-62, the rest are T-55, T-54 and their Chinese replicas),

    I would not be so categorical. There is also (hundreds of 3) and a certain cross between T-62 and T-72. The name "Tiger of the Storm" is known, and as always, nothing else is known, as well as several dozen T-80U
    1. Michael-89
      Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 41
      -3
      a mixture of T-62 and T-72. as well as several tens of T-80U

      WHAT SOMETHING !? What kind of fantasies?
    2. Waterfall
      Waterfall April 16 2013 15: 43
      -3
      T-80U - the South Koreans.
    3. Kaa
      Kaa April 16 2013 16: 28
      +4
      Quote: Vadivak
      I would not be so categorical

      And I'm so uncategorized! laughing In service consists of: about 3500 medium and main battle tanks and over 560 light tanks, more than 2500 armored personnel carriers, more than 10400 artillery guns (including 3500 towed and 4400 self-propelled), over 7500 mortars, more than 2500 MLRS, about 2000 ATGM systems, 34 tactical missile systems, 30 operational tactical missile systems, 11000 anti-aircraft gun mounts (of which about 3000 in stationary positions), about 10000 MANPADS. Some of the heavy guns are mounted on railway platforms, and some are hidden in underground shelters. A large number of Soviet-made anti-tank guns are produced in the DPRK. The infantry is equipped with mortars, RPGs, 3M6 anti-tank missiles "Bumblebee", "Baby" and, possibly, "Bassoon" and "Competition".
      The KPA tank formations are based on the main battle tanks T-62 and T-54/55, as well as the Chinese Type 59. The light tank fleet is M-1975 of its own design, the Soviet PT-76 and the Chinese Type 62 and Type 63. Domestic tank M-1985 is considered the largest amphibious tank in the world.
      Developed in the DPRK on the basis of the Soviet MBT T-62 the Cheonmaho tank is ideal for fighting in Korea. It is able to move along steep slopes and wade rivers up to 5,5 m deep. The DPRK produced about 1 tanks of five different modifications. One of the most secret tanks in the world - the Pokphunho tank, created on the basis of the T-72, in its characteristics is close to the Russian T-90. The DPRK began producing anti-tank missiles in 1975 and has recently made significant strides in this area. The KPA troops have about 10000 MANPADS ("wha-sung"). The troops have M-1973 and M-1967 armored personnel carriers, as well as a small number of BTR-40, BTR-50, BTR-60, BTR-152. According to the South Korean experts, the DPRK has about 900 ballistic missiles - about 600 analogues of "Scud" (short and medium radius), about 200 "Nodong" (medium radius) and about 100 "Tephodong-1,2" and more advanced samples (ICBM, long range actions). In addition, the South Korean capital region is threatened by DMZ nominated about 4800 multiple launch rocket systems and artillery systems.Current strength Special Forces of the Korean People's Army estimated at between 88 (Zarubezhnye Voyennoye Obozreniye magazine) and 000 (the military department of South Korea) military personnel. Own industry allows the DPRK to maintain numerous armed forces at relatively low military expenditures. Many civilian factories can be converted to produce military products at minimal cost. Over 121 defense enterprises built underground in mountainous areas.Active work is underway in the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear technologies.http: //dokwar.ru/publ/voenny_vestnik/armii_mira/vooruzhennye_sily_kndr/3-1-0-72
      5
  3. sibircat
    sibircat April 16 2013 14: 33
    +3
    In this regard, the outbreak of war ... at least in the near and even medium term should be recognized as unlikely.

    From this and it was necessary to start the article.
    The escalation of tension is beneficial to many, but no one wants war.
    The presence of nuclear weapons is the main argument.
  4. S_mirnov
    S_mirnov April 16 2013 14: 34
    13
    I simply admire the determination of the DPRK leadership to defend its national interests. It is so beautiful to send the USA, you have to have a fair amount of courage! Against this background, our many years of indistinct bleating about the deployment of missile defense systems near our borders and the timid demand for "legal guarantees" look very flawed. She's ashamed of God! With our army (or rather, with what is left of it), and then you can behave more boldly!
    1. Andrey77
      Andrey77 April 16 2013 14: 45
      -3
      So beautiful to send the United States, you must have a fair amount of courage!
      --
      You must have pretty stupidity
      1. Vadivak
        Vadivak April 16 2013 14: 52
        +3
        Quote: Andrey77
        It is necessary to have a fair amount of stupidity.


        Or a huge deal, maybe Operation Y is developing according to a pre-written script in the light of the idea of ​​Chukhce?

        Andrey, by the way, I didn’t minus you
        1. alexng
          alexng April 16 2013 16: 31
          0
          In American? Like, we only need peace! And, preferably, the whole ...
    2. Vadivak
      Vadivak April 16 2013 14: 47
      +4
      Quote: S_mirnov
      With our army


      The North Korean army is numerically larger than ours (a million in service and five on signal) and, most importantly, a hundred times bolder than any other except the Chinese
      1. Andrey77
        Andrey77 April 16 2013 14: 51
        0
        And at what expense, do they contain such an army of peacetime? We also have a million now.
        1. Vadivak
          Vadivak April 16 2013 14: 55
          17
          Quote: Andrey77
          And at what expense, do they contain such an army of peacetime?


          Probably they do not carry out reforms in the army, education, agriculture, forestry and other medicine, that is, there are funds for the army, and look at how they relate to the army, the Serdyukovs grow their rice and, moreover, they go to ministers for free
          1. sibircat
            sibircat April 16 2013 14: 58
            11
            Probably reforms ... they do not carry out ...

            And they don’t store money in offshore.
          2. Zynaps
            Zynaps April 16 2013 16: 18
            +4
            Quote: Vadivak
            Probably they do not carry out reforms of the army, education, agriculture, forestry and other medicine


            spend. their children are quite well-groomed and do not engage in theft and extortion. with education, too, apparently, everything is in order: the North Koreans study willingly and diligently. looking at them and the Chinese, our gouging, students "to ot @ beis", I want to flog with rods and send them to clean the outlets. public health is also doing well. if anything, the North Koreans are better off than India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

            I will say more. amusement park in Pyongyang such that many would envy him. in Moscow and Kiev for sure.

            The DPRK is a rather strange place, but for a country in a blockade they live pretty decently (although there is poverty on the outskirts of cities, like we have after the war). but what you cannot say about the North Koreans is that they are unhappy. it turns out that theirs "Juche ideas" normally fit the mentality of the people and do not cause rejection. therefore, those who are there with their "universal values" should be given
        2. Zynaps
          Zynaps April 16 2013 16: 06
          +6
          Juche people make money with the help of China. The PRC is happy to use the transit of goods through the developed system of DPRK railways. for some reason no one thinks that the DPRK is an industrial state. China transfers part of its orders to the Juchei production facilities. in short, money is not just a river, but it is available. among other things, the northerners are leading in the production of natural bioactive drugs. they have the largest cultivated ginseng plantations in the world. On my own behalf, I will say that North Korean ginseng-based toothpaste makes all the tooth cleaners I have tested to the level of window putty. so the northerners (through China) supply other countries with rather scarce natural pharmaceutical and cosmetic raw materials (and the importance of this sector of the economy should not be underestimated, because in Soviet times, the Crimean Rose association alone provided more than 10% to the Peninsula budget, and this was under three hundred million of that money in foreign currency). there are certainly other loopholes, such as the creation of commercial firms and banks under someone else's name abroad. The USSR has been doing similar things throughout its existence.
          1. official
            official April 16 2013 22: 44
            +1
            I understand that you were there? Is it difficult to get to this country or not?
      2. sibircat
        sibircat April 16 2013 14: 53
        +5
        If the war starts, then nuclear weapons will inevitably be used, then the number of troops (in a small territory) will not give advantages.
        Just Korea and North and South will cease to exist.
      3. S_mirnov
        S_mirnov April 16 2013 15: 19
        +1
        "The North Korean army is numerically larger than ours" - oh, how! Yes, but I still have the illusion that our army is the strongest on the continent. sad
        1. Melchakov
          Melchakov April 16 2013 15: 39
          -2
          Quote: S_mirnov
          that our army is the strongest on the continent.

          Well, this is how to look ...
    3. Vadivak
      Vadivak April 16 2013 15: 05
      15
      Quote: S_mirnov
      I just admire the determination of the DPRK leadership

      Why should they be afraid? In addition to their homeland, they have no other accumulations and conquests.
      1. S_mirnov
        S_mirnov April 16 2013 15: 22
        +4
        In my opinion, their economics and energy are developing quite dynamically, they again launched the satellite and, which is typical, not into the Pacific Ocean, but into orbit.
        1. Vadivak
          Vadivak April 16 2013 15: 42
          +5
          Quote: S_mirnov
          In my opinion, their economics and energy are developing quite dynamically,


          Still would. The head of the DPRK state planning committee responsible for the unsuccessful monetary reform, Pak Nam Ki was fired at the beginning of 2010 and shot in mid-March. The main exports of the DPRK are: fish, basic metals, minerals, engineering products and electrical appliances, transport equipment and food (local exotic, such as vodka, exported even to the United States). In the DPRK, there are more than 400 different engineering enterprises. According to official statistics, domestic engineering products satisfy the country's needs by 98%. The great achievement of the DPRK in the 70s of the twentieth century was the creation of automobile and tractor engineering in the country. Automotive specializes mainly in the production of trucks. The industry center is Toccheon. The Kiyansky plant produces tractors of various capacities and sizes. Buses and trolleybuses are produced by the Pyongyang Automobile Repair Plant.
          North Korea produces electric motors, generators, transformers, electrical appliances, wires, radios, televisions. Largest local enterprises for the production of electrical equipment are located in Pyongyang and Taean. According to foreign estimates, the DPRK has 17 factories for the production of firearms and artillery, 35 factories for the production of ammunition, 5 plants for the production of tanks and armored vehicles, 8 aircraft factories, 5 factories the production of military ships, 5 guided missile production plants, 5 communications facilities, 8 chemical and biological weapons factories. In addition, many civilian factories can be converted at minimal cost to produce military products. Over 180 military-industrial facilities were built underground in mountainous areas.
          Own production allows the DPRK to maintain numerous armed forces at relatively low military spending. The defense industry has three areas of production: the production of weapons, the provision of military supplies and the production of dual-use products. The products of the military-industrial complex of the DPRK are exported to a number of countries of the world, mainly Africa and the Middle East. So, in 2008, according to Russian military experts, arms and military equipment worth about $ 100 million were sold abroad (mainly these were rocket technologies, multiple launch rocket launchers and warships). This amount of foreign exchange earnings is quite large for the DPRK economy.
          1. S_mirnov
            S_mirnov April 16 2013 15: 52
            +3
            Damn, all normal countries follow the path of development of the USSR, only we all cheated, offensively.
            1. saymoo
              saymoo April 16 2013 15: 54
              -3
              Quote: S_mirnov
              Damn, all normal countries follow the path of development of the USSR

              Which ones? DPRK and unknown illegal state entities in Africa? Well, with monkeys in power, and this does not happen.
    4. Sibiryak
      Sibiryak April 16 2013 16: 46
      0
      Quote: S_mirnov
      So beautiful to send the United States, you must have a fair amount of courage!

      And why don't they do it when China is behind. In this case, you can show not only eggs!
      Quote: S_mirnov
      Against this background, our many years of indistinct bleating about the deployment of missile defense systems near our borders and the timid demand for "legal guarantees" look very flawed. She's ashamed of God!

      Demanded legal guarantees, demands and will demand DAM, for him it’s like a panacea for all diseases, he doesn’t put forward such theses of GDP, because no one will understand this, no matter how much this matter is. All this talk is for the public.
      1. S_mirnov
        S_mirnov April 16 2013 19: 58
        0
        "LADIES, this is for him like a panacea for all diseases, GDP does not put forward such theses," - I do not see the difference between these two characters.
        1. Sibiryak
          Sibiryak April 17 2013 13: 16
          0
          Quote: S_mirnov
          I don’t see the difference between these two characters.

          They have one goal, but the approach is different! And most importantly, I think that his goal in the end does not bode well.
    5. Soldier
      Soldier April 17 2013 06: 49
      0
      Quote: S_mirnov
      . So beautiful to send the United States, you must have a fair amount of courage!

      But I will express myself in a different vein. And actually, why does NOBODY believe in the DPRK Victory? Do you think this is unlikely? By no means. Judging by the current world situation, the gut of the United States is currently using nuclear weapons. They WILL NOT openly spoil and spoil relations with China. Tea is not the suicides of their already dead economy. side of the United States and allies, cry for human rights, a call for a “dead UN,” and that's it. They are better off passing the Koreans and Taiwan at the same time than spoiling the relationship.
  5. krez-74
    krez-74 April 16 2013 14: 35
    +7
    I am sure that in the event of a war between the two Koreas, the northern one will not be a weak enemy ... BUT! All the current hysteria, it seems to me, has been carefully staged, and the result will depend not at all on the spirit and military equipment, but on "prompts" from the outside ... evil will be punished, people will smile in anticipation of a bright future in the passionate embrace of reunification. Someone from the outside will not profit badly, but on someone they will hang all the dogs ... The world has been watching this performance for the past 20 years stably, it just takes place in different regions and under different sauces.
  6. S_mirnov
    S_mirnov April 16 2013 14: 38
    0
    I simply admire the leadership of the DPRK, which so decisively defends its national interests. So beautiful to send the United States you must have a fair amount of courage!
    All the more detrimental is our long-term bleating over the deployment of missile defense systems near the borders of our country and the timid request for "Legal guarantees". She's ashamed, with our army (even with its remnants) you can behave more boldly!
  7. sania0413
    sania0413 April 16 2013 14: 53
    0
    God forbid, of course! Eun, of course, is for the whole head of that, however, something tells me that if a nudge begins, it will certainly be nuclear, but this is not good ... I feel sorry for the country - a kind of mini USSR, which can come off, as in the past pissed off ...
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak April 16 2013 15: 02
      +5
      Quote: sania0413
      Eun, of course, for the whole head of that

      Oh, you can see right away you are not familiar with the ideas of Chukhce

      Where, above the sea, above the yellow, the slanting sun shines,
      Where in the mountains are waterfalls and stones in pristine moss
      I would like to be born in the harsh people's Korea
      And all my life to glorify both the leader and the Juche idea.

      I would be proud of the country of poverty and Tephadon’s rockets,
      I would eat chamuri and pilaf from stray dogs
      And stigmatized the Zionists, fascists and centurions
      World order and I would definitely know who my enemy is.

      I would wear black trousers and a white shirt as time
      And the badge with Kim Jong Il would always adorn her;
      I would have had enough rice and green cup tea
      And two-faced and evil capital would not rule me.

      I wouldn’t see the homeless, the oligarchs of racists and drunk,
      A son of a pioneer would wear a tie as he grew up,
      I would grind at the entrance to a plot in the capital Pyongyang
      And I wouldn’t get into politics - a stupid unnecessary question.

      In the vastness of Europe for money shooting at each other
      Where not to look at everything in debauchery, duplicity, lies and sin -
      Thieves, sneaks, drugs, lazy people
      In proud red Korea, leaders and ideas of juche!
      1. Suhov
        Suhov April 16 2013 15: 18
        0
        Quote: Vadivak
        Where over the sea over yellow slanting the sun is shining


        Chuh-che is that Chu-chhe:
        Sea - yellow,
        The sun - slanting!
        Racism, However...
        wassat
      2. ziqzaq
        ziqzaq April 16 2013 15: 55
        +9
        Quote: Vadivak
        I would eat chamuri and pilaf from stray dogs

        Ha, ha stray dogs in Korea?!?! This is nonsense, it’s like stray pigs in Ukraine ........
        In general, well done Koreans (northern) .........
        1. Vadivak
          Vadivak April 16 2013 21: 52
          +3
          Quote: ziqzaq
          This is nonsense, like stray pigs in Ukraine .....


          Sparkling, pleased plus with all my heart
  8. B_KypTke
    B_KypTke April 16 2013 14: 57
    +2
    The US games in the Korean Theater of Action are aimed at maintaining the disunity of the two Koreas. On the one hand, this is a good market for obsolete weapons, given the solvency of the southerners, and on the other hand, to please its long-standing geopolitical ally, Japan. After all, the Japanese in a terrible dream see a united Korea with a huge amount of cheap labor, nuclear weapons, high technology. For them, this is a real competitor to their products. And while the states there will not see the world of puppeteers in Korea. Simultaneously with the confrontation, such projects as the construction of a railway through the whole of Korea have no continuation. But only this venture, if implemented, could make the Trans-Siberian Railway cost-effective, connecting Europe and the economically developing SEA. But there will be no war, nobody needs an unstable state there - it is beneficial primarily to the USA and Japan.
    PS So if Russia would make every effort for the unification process, the Japanese would also be able to survive, and through them, their US ally. China, I think only an assistant in this. What is not a task for the SCO is very mutually beneficial cooperation.
  9. lecturer
    lecturer April 16 2013 14: 57
    +2
    _mirnov
    I simply admire the determination of the DPRK leadership to defend its national interests. So beautiful to send the United States, you must have a fair amount of courage!

    Support!
  10. kuga
    kuga April 16 2013 14: 57
    +5
    North Korea seems to have one claim to the territory of South Korea - this is the sea border, which is too close in some places to the territory of North Korea. Because of this feature of the maritime border, minor conflicts erupt from time to time - fishermen violate itp.
    If North Korea’s proposals for straightening the maritime border were accepted, then conflicts would be minimized. But this is not beneficial to many.
    1. sibircat
      sibircat April 16 2013 15: 24
      0
      If North Korea’s proposals for straightening the maritime border were accepted, then conflicts would be minimized.

      There would be no problems with the border, would have found another reason.
      The elusive Bin Laden, for some reason, was remembered.
  11. kuga
    kuga April 16 2013 14: 58
    0
    Quote: kuga
    North Korea seems to have one claim to South - this sea border, which is too close in some places to the territory of North Korea. Because of this feature of the maritime border, minor conflicts erupt from time to time - fishermen violate itp.
    If North Korea’s proposals for straightening the maritime border were accepted. then conflicts would be minimized. But this is not beneficial to many.
  12. Alexey M
    Alexey M April 16 2013 14: 59
    -1
    There will be no war. Another spring exacerbation. Another question is whether the people of North Korea will fight? They have something to lose? But the south, oh, how much you can lose. So who will win is not yet known. If the north attacks, then most likely they will immediately bring down Kim Jong-un and his friends, and there they will merge with the south.
    1. TRex
      TRex April 16 2013 15: 18
      +5
      Alexey! Eun and Ko will not be thrown down. The society is drilled and educated on ideas ... Hitler also thought that after the start of his invasion of the USSR they would begin to "blame" the commissars. And what came of it? Whom have they "flunked"?
      As for the war, if it happens, it will be the greatest disaster for the entire Korean people, the losses will be millions on both sides ... God forbid!
  13. Ragnarek
    Ragnarek April 16 2013 15: 01
    +2
    on the contrary, it seems to me that the intensity is decreasing. This "heat" occurs quite often and does not lead to anything. If after the sinking of the frigate and shelling of the island no war happened, then what is it now?
    All this confrontation - the wiring for Russia and China, the United States can now justifiably deploy a missile defense system along our and China borders, as they say - there is no threat from the DPRK.
    1. saymoo
      saymoo April 16 2013 15: 32
      -1
      In fact, everything is simple - the DPRK is a smelly homeless person who sometimes reminds himself and asks for food. As soon as the grub of this homeless person appears - he immediately shuts up for a while, then again .. It's time to assemble an international coalition and finally resolve the issue of narrow-eyed homeless people. They got it too much.
      1. Michael-89
        Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 49
        -1
        A yellow pancake with a malicious snout verbs the truth!
  14. pa_nik
    pa_nik April 16 2013 15: 02
    +4
    “There is no glory in the war, there is only suffering ...”: Chuck Hagel, US Secretary of Defense (served in the US Army in 1967-1968, participated in the Vietnam War, and was awarded two “Purple Hearts”.

    There is nothing more to add or reduce.
  15. vadson
    vadson April 16 2013 15: 06
    +3
    it is necessary, as in the old days, at parity and to minimize casualties, put the leaders to the battle, let them fight among themselves (pipykami measured), and people with popcorn, shawarma, pasties, fried grasshoppers from the side watching.
    oh dreams dreams ....
    1. Vadivak
      Vadivak April 16 2013 15: 12
      +6
      Quote: vadson
      put leaders on the battle to minimize casualties


      Immediately imagined the idiot Gorbachev against the clown Reagan.
      1. vadson
        vadson April 16 2013 15: 54
        +1
        Quote: Vadivak
        Quote: vadson
        put leaders on the battle to minimize casualties


        Immediately imagined the idiot Gorbachev against the clown Reagan.

        if this happened then our leader would be someone like Fedor and not a pizza advertiser
      2. Grishka100watt
        Grishka100watt April 16 2013 15: 59
        +3
        Immediately imagined the idiot Gorbachev against the clown Reagan.

        Rather, Reagan with ..... Gorbachev, and not a fight, but intercourse)
  16. sibircat
    sibircat April 16 2013 15: 08
    +2
    Imagine what will happen if the North Koreans blow up a nuclear-armed "barge" in the Korea Strait.
    The Japanese will definitely not like it.
    1. Waterfall
      Waterfall April 16 2013 15: 26
      +1
      Why in the strait? Somewhere to Yokohama under the guise of a fishing trawler and aunt.
      1. saymoo
        saymoo April 16 2013 15: 28
        -4
        Do not swim. Unlearned Koreans will drown the barge even at the exit from the port.
        1. Michael-89
          Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 43
          0
          What kind of vile bun on your ava? Is it a raw type?
          1. saymoo
            saymoo April 16 2013 15: 44
            -1
            No, it's a pancake with erysipelas.
            1. Michael-89
              Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 47
              -1
              Cool, respect then.
          2. sibircat
            sibircat April 16 2013 15: 51
            +2
            Quote: Michael-89
            What kind of vile bun on your ava?

            This is a reflection of him in the mirror, with a hangover.
        2. Vadivak
          Vadivak April 16 2013 15: 45
          +5
          Quote: saymoo
          Do not swim. Unlearned Koreans will drown the barge even at the exit from the port.

          The products of the defense industry of the DPRK are exported to a number of countries of the world, mainly Africa and the Middle East. So, in 2008, according to Russian military experts, arms and military equipment worth about $ 100 million were sold abroad (mainly these were rocket technologies, multiple launch rocket launchers and warships). This amount of foreign exchange earnings is quite large for the DPRK economy.
          1. saymoo
            saymoo April 16 2013 15: 48
            0
            Quote: Vadivak
            predominantly Africa and the Middle East

            So no one else will buy this trash. Those who are richer will turn to Russia, and those even richer - to the west.
      2. sibircat
        sibircat April 16 2013 15: 33
        0
        Quote: Wasserfall
        Why in the strait?

        Well, first of all, they are going to fight with the South, but to the Japanese, so that life does not seem raspberry.
        1. Waterfall
          Waterfall April 16 2013 15: 36
          0
          Well, you will blow up 10-20 kilotons in the strait, but what's the point? Well, the puffy is castrated, so what?
          1. sibircat
            sibircat April 16 2013 15: 39
            0
            There will be no war - I see no reason to discuss.
    2. Michael-89
      Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 44
      0
      You are extremely exaggerating the force of the explosion in the tens of kilotons.
  17. Committee
    Committee April 16 2013 15: 36
    +1
    And where to read "deleted comments"?
    1. Michael-89
      Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 45
      -2
      Nowhere. Dissent is not held in high esteem here.
      1. Committee
        Committee April 16 2013 15: 51
        0
        But what about freedom of speech and democracy of thought?
        1. Waterfall
          Waterfall April 16 2013 15: 52
          +3
          This is a white tape infection.
  18. engineer74
    engineer74 April 16 2013 15: 41
    +3
    A rusty dry cargo ship with a Cambodian or Panamanian flag and a 50-100 Kt "nuclear device" on the roadstead of a major enemy port. Terrorism, of course, but no less humane than months of bombing cities.
  19. Bezarius
    Bezarius April 16 2013 15: 42
    0
    The chance of a military conflict is no more than 2%. To be honest, I very much doubt the real possibility of a military conflict, because it is not beneficial to one of the parties. The very same precedent is beneficial to the UK, I think they will squeeze out the "tribute" and calm down.
  20. sibircat
    sibircat April 16 2013 15: 46
    +2
    Iran, just reported on the news, has successfully tested medium-range missiles.
    Well done! Do not scream, do not scare anyone. Just do their job.
    1. Michael-89
      Michael-89 April 16 2013 15: 52
      -1
      Do not scream, do not scare anyone
      What kind of Iran are you talking about now? About which Israel wants to destroy and does not hesitate to talk about it?
      1. sibircat
        sibircat April 16 2013 15: 54
        +1
        It is about the Iran that Israel wants to destroy and its American friends are inciting to it.
    2. saymoo
      saymoo April 16 2013 15: 53
      -1
      Iran is exactly the same terrorist country under the control of religious fanatics. But at least they have Shiites in power and the Shiite country, there is a hint of learning ability and adequacy.
      1. vadson
        vadson April 16 2013 16: 06
        +1
        Quote: saymoo
        Iran is exactly the same terrorist country under the control of religious fanatics. But at least they have Shiites in power and the Shiite country, there is a hint of learning ability and adequacy.

        here it is the opinion grown by Western prapaganda, the USA is a world-wide terrorist, without options. if Jews didn’t organize their state at the expense of foreign territories in the last century, no one would touch them, and others would profit (misfortune)
        1. saymoo
          saymoo April 16 2013 16: 08
          -1
          This is my independent opinion. I do not like Western propaganda, but I do not like shovel propaganda even more.
          1. vadson
            vadson April 16 2013 17: 18
            0
            Quote: saymoo
            This is my independent opinion. I do not like Western propaganda, but I do not like shovel propaganda even more.

            Nude, why are Soviet propaganda bad for you? in relation to the West - 20 years after the collapse of the union, the entire Western model has become obsolete, this is a dead end in the development of mankind. the union is no longer there and its propaganda is alive as long as it is in demand by society. Soviet social care for a person is bad? right now this is not voooooobsche! in the union there was stability, one hundred, one hundred and twenty rubles people could GUARANTEED to earn and LIVE on them WITHOUT PROBLEMS. and in the west, stability was ensured by a robbery of the world. its not where is the stability?
            and the propaganda of the West-they are all nishtyak and everywhere opa, nude nude!
  21. USNik
    USNik April 16 2013 15: 54
    +2
    The cessation of hostilities may result from:
    1. The refusal of the leadership of North Korea from further resistance, which is unlikely.
    2. Diplomatic pressure of the world community or direct intervention in this conflict on the side of the DPRK of China.
    3. DPRK's immediate threat of transition to nuclear weapons.

    And why did the author decide that when the coalition forces attack the sovereign power, the DPRK will not immediately start waving a vigorous baton? IMHO, the first stage of the war, air raids, the northerners will merge, perhaps even on purpose, allowing to destroy all rubbish. And at the beginning of the second stage, the invasion itself, they immediately fly around at the Amer’s base, along the retreating troops of the South Caucasus and explode a couple of vigorous mines at the rate of the landing barges. Eun such a reckless hamster ...
    1. saymoo
      saymoo April 16 2013 15: 59
      -1
      Quote: USNik
      DPRK does not immediately start waving a vigorous loaf

      Which traditionally crashes into the sea.
      1. Melchakov
        Melchakov April 16 2013 16: 25
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        Quote: saymoo
        Quote: USNik
        DPRK does not immediately start waving a vigorous loaf

        Which traditionally crashes into the sea.

        Citizen, maybe stop trolling. How many times have you registered?
  22. vladkust
    vladkust April 16 2013 16: 01
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    I would like to believe that the world has not completely gone crazy to start exchanges of nuclear strikes ......., and there is nothing to start such wars where there will be absolutely no winners !!!!
  23. Maximus
    Maximus April 16 2013 16: 09
    +1
    A poster where a Korean with a bunch of grenades, somewhat reminiscent of a picture of the Oboron of Sevastopol. There is our sailor with the same bunch of grenades, PLAGIATE !!!!!!
  24. zao74
    zao74 April 16 2013 17: 45
    +1
    Yes there will be nothing. The Americans created! an occasion to move its troops to the border with China and Russia. Then they will create a powerful military contingent (supposedly to deter North Koreans) and leave it in the region. And that’s it! Koreans are not interested in amers, the main goal of Russia and China.
    1. AleksDeztraktar
      AleksDeztraktar April 16 2013 18: 56
      0
      Are the Americans to blame for everything? What if these Korean monkeys openly engage in outright terrorism and pose a threat to all their neighbors?
  25. dddym
    dddym April 16 2013 19: 04
    +1
    And look through the story - laziness ???? It is the Americans, as you put it, to blame for the fact that the DPRK and South Korea are two countries of the same nation with warring governments. And what neighbors if they still do not have a peace treaty between the two countries. It is very interesting how the DPRK threatens America ???? And what really can they do to her? If the farthest rocket flies on 400 km? The DPRK is our satellite and only Stalin’s refusal did not make them another Soviet republic within the USSR.
  26. zennon
    zennon April 16 2013 20: 46
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    Quote: S_mirnov
    In my opinion, they have a fairly dynamic economy and energy

    I would argue about energy. The DPRK army can be considered the most unsupported fuel army in the world. They always beg for heating oil, solarium on a par with rice.
  27. SEM
    SEM April 16 2013 21: 41
    +2
    In many respects I agree with the author of the articles in his assessment and the possibility of developing an event in this region, it remains only to add that the United States, under the guise of South Korea’s assistance, is trying to surround Russia with its radars, bases, missiles, etc. this is just an excuse ......
  28. VadimSt
    VadimSt April 16 2013 22: 37
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    Wait and see! It's hard to resist a retaliation when you are taken by the throat.
  29. 1goose3
    1goose3 April 16 2013 23: 49
    +1
    I don't think a conflict is possible. For some reason, a possible South Korean coalition has been agreed upon, but there are no possible actions of the PRC and Russia. Korea is a neighbor over the fence and ours and Chinese. So neither the United States nor NATO, without agreement with Russia and China, will not stick their fingers out, they do not need to "spread their fingers", as this is understandable and so.
  30. Larus
    Larus April 17 2013 02: 40
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    Pin.d0sam need a war bigger than they "worked" until now. They have too big debts and it is time to write off them due to military orders. Considering the hysteria that was raised by the "peace-loving" West with respect to the DPRK, this is the hottest moment at this time, and under the pretext of fighting the oppressive regime and preventing a nuclear attack, they can use it. For me, it's just that NATO countries did not agree on the DPRK, so they are delaying.
    Now, explosions of some kind of "terrorist attacks" have taken shape in the United States itself, as they say, look for someone who benefits, and primarily benefits the authorities of this police state. Let's look at the continuation of the "fight against terrorists"