Visualizing Korea's North-South Military Divide

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North Korea warned the United States that it would respond to "reckless acts of aggression" after a carrier battle group led by the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson was deployed to the Korean peninsula. As Statista's Niall McCarthy reports, the aircraft carrier is being escorted by a guided-missile cruiser and two destroyers equipped with Aegis technology capable of shooting down any future North Korean test missiles.

Is North Korea's nuclear program going to be next? That's the question many experts are asking themselves after American cruise missiles struck a Syrian airbase last week. If the U.S. does carry out a pre-emptive strike, Pyongyang is likely to launch a substantial military retaliation against the south. If that nightmare does one day come to pass, how well equipped is the South Korean military to repel an offensive from the North?

Infographic: The Military Balance On The Korean Peninsula  | Statista

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The North Korean military has substantially more active (and reserve) troops than the South, though large numbers of its soldiers are underpaid and malnourished. The North also has outdated equipment and its airforce is known to still use 1950 Korean War-era MIG-15 fighters for training purposes.

The South Korean military on the other hand boasts state of the art technology including cutting-edge tanks, warplanes and attack helicopters.

However, Seoul is only 35 miles from the DMZ and due to North's superority in artillery, it's highly likely that the South Korean capital would suffer massive damage in a war. Even if the South repelled an invasion, success would come with substantial military and civilian casualties.

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nuubee's picture

Yeah, but have you seen the condition of the NK troops? And did you know they spend almost as much time each year working the farms so their country doesn't starve as they do drilling?


NK's military is just above joke level.


Not that war is a good idea, it isn't. but DPRK is more like a U.S. christian cult compound with automatic rifles than a serious modern military.

The_Juggernaut's picture

If the US carries out a pre-emptive strike, North Korea won't have anything to attack with.  Who writes this shit?

Benito_Camela's picture

Not total fucking morons like you apparently. 

escapeefromOZ's picture

Did the CIA idiots said so ? 

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Missing from the above infographic is fuel reserves. All of those tanks, submarines, helicopters, etc. require gobs of gas. I'm not sure that NK has that kind of fuel. And as noted elsewhere, it doesn't have the calories to feed that army for any length of time.

Raffie's picture

Most of NK's soliders are farmers by trade.

Déjà view's picture

Fat Fuck unable to keep lights on...logistically inferior...bring back U.S.S. Pueblo!

Raffie's picture

It takes only 1 well placed nuke.

If their 2 satellites that cross the middle of America every 90min are nukes and can get one to detonate 300 miles up we might have no power for a very long time.


Mtnrunnr's picture

Lol. Dont bring a knife to a gun fight nk.

Déjà view's picture

Special Interest...fear mongering...

Cut defense budget...

GraveDancer's picture

The Road to World War III: Can the Dark forces of anti-Freedom trump Humanity? Kindle Edition

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

If you impose the same type of santions and embargoes on Sweden or Finland, they won't be able to keep the light on either. But I would like have some Korean dude to input on the actual threats made by "dictator". He could be giving an inspiring speech for pesants to work harder, while Crap News Network (CNN) will translate it as him making nuclear threats to US. Why is it France or Spain can sleep ok and are not concerned with NK "treats", while the US is hopping mad about NK?

Freddie's picture

Msot of the Donbas (DPR Republic) soldiers who were quickly assembled and had almost no weapons were farmers and miners.

They beat the 6th or 7th largest army in the world ( at the time) in the Ukraine.  Most of the Ukrainian conscripts did not want to be there.

Cman5000's picture

Most of their Military equipment is from the 1980s 

StarSoul's picture

True but their veterans are not abondened, Korean Army men have no Post War Syndrome, Do not commit suicide nor kill family members, eat healthy Non-GMO Food, are not vaccinated, do not have to worry about Central bank Credit card loan scam.

ohh by the way...I just asked around and not one Korean said they were dragged out of a plane when they paid the ticket for :) ...Plus they don't have any credit card debt, highest prison rate, Autism rate, homeless...


NK has lowest homelessness rate in the whole world :) 


Iggby's picture

What a load of trash. 

Half the country is starving. You have no idea what you are talking about. Go to Seoul, Shanghai, or Peking and speak with actual run aways. 

All these pro DPRK lunatics on this site are just speaking out their asses.

OverTheHedge's picture

A quick primer for why north Korea's economy is not in tip-top shape.

Spoiler: we did it! They had the temerity to not lose to US / UN 60 years ago, and have been punished ever since. Don't assume that they are incompetent just because their economy is suspect - they have been at the receiving end of economic warfare for 3 generations - they might just have more stomach for the fight than the millennials who are in it for the money. The best troops come from the most deprived backgrounds, and on that basis NK wins hands down.

Freddie's picture

Seoul is right on the border and within range of probably 10,000 NK artilerry pieces.  Seoul is very modern and has 7 or 8 million people (?). 

I am pretty sure SK has no interest in reunifying because the costs would be astronomical.

If Trump-Kushner-Soros starts something it could get nasty very fast.  We just have to have endless threats, wars, illegal aliens flooding western countries, etc.  We got to keep the elites/MIC/NWO/Soros/banksters and chosunites happy.

Equinox's picture

Seoul is right on the border and within range of probably 10,000 NK artilerry pieces.  Seoul is very modern and has 7 or 8 million people (?). 


There are 25.6 million people in the Seoul metropolitan area—more than half of South Korea’s citizens

Seb's picture

StarSoul's post was not about North Korea.

StarSoul's picture

The Korean War that lasted from June 1950 to July 1953 was an enlargement of the 1948-50 struggle of Jeju Islanders to preserve their self-determination from the tyrannical rule of US-supported Rhee and his tiny cadre of wealthy constituents. Little known is that the US-imposed division of Korea in 1945 against the wishes of the vast majority of Koreans was the primary cause of the Korean War that broke out five years later. 


The War destroyed by bombing most cities and villages in Korea north of the 38th Parallel, and many south of it, while killing four million Koreans – three million (one-third) of the north’s residents and one million of those living in the south, in addition to killing one million Chinese. This was a staggering international crime still unrecognized that killed five million people and permanently separated 10 million Korean families.”

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) nuubee Apr 12, 2017 10:21 PM







United States Arsenal+N Korea-0


There...Balanced it out for ya...

SomebodySpecial's picture know how to upvote yourself.

Must be smarter then everybody.thinks ????

Belrev's picture

" Even if the South repelled an invasion, success would come with substantial military and civilian casualties."

If the South does not invade the North, then they will not need to repel anything.

On the other hand Afganistan shows that even US military is no match to a bunch of determined rag tags.

Zoomorph's picture

What do serious troops spend their time doing? It sounds like working on a farm is for wimps according to you.

Fiscal.Enema's picture

This article does not include the silver bullet weapons the north has. NBC. Nuclear Bio, and Chemical weapons and non-kenetics. These are straticgic and need to be included in any assessment of N. vs S. Used effectively, the North would "win" in short order. Less then a week. The victory would be temporary.

The North's victory would have japan, s korea and the usa giving the ultamatum to the North to surrender or be destroyed. 

The USA would then destroy north korea in 1 month. Millions would die on both sides.

China would stay out of the conflict.




Yuefo's picture

I agree - you can predict China's response to most scenarios by what would be most strategic and beneficial to them. Look at what they do (world's largest manufacturer) and what they don't do (ME wars). In NK, the status quo (a NK buffer zone from SK) is in their interest, but not so much that they would enter the conflict. I strongly suspect their only action would be to make sure they stopped a flood of NK refugees from crossing their borders. 

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

I highly doubt their 1+ million soldiers spend any time in the fields when they have another 23+ million people at their disposal.

Omega_Man's picture

all you can eat south of the DMZ....

Juliette's picture

Yes. A great motivation for NK soldiers to storm south and get as much food as they can it indeed!!!

freddymercury's picture

F-16 vs Old Migs?...No brainer here

Omega_Man's picture

nk has 10 million with guns...and want to eat sk's tasty noodles

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Omega_Man Apr 12, 2017 9:58 PM

I have seen one person from NK. They were so thin. It was scary that someone could be that thin and still be alive.

LetThemEatRand's picture

I would venture to say that no one knows what would happen if war started with North Korea.  Would the fat kid use nukes?  Would his use of nukes provoke an in-kind response that would result in millions of deaths?  Or would he be trampled over in a matter of hours with superior weapons and a disloyal army?  No one knows.

But the CIA/MIC think they know (just like they were so sure of many other things that turned out to be wrong), and Trump seems to be listening to them, so I think the odds are decent we're all going to find out.

Bank_sters's picture

Yep, I would bet on it.   This should be interesting.  Hopefully fat boy takes out washington.  We might get a chance to be free again.

WillyGroper's picture

Kim Jung Un has ordered the evacuation 600,000 citizens from the capital of Pyongyang.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Drama Queen.


The Chinese are tired of him.   If we just guaranteed our troops would never go north of the demilitarized zone China would likely let the place collapse.  

JuliaS's picture

During WW2 many Germans (women and children) who wanted to avoid conflict moved away from industrial towns that where considered priority targets by the Allies. In the early conflict years, the British Bombers that began conducting retaliatory raids couldn't hit shit. Fewer than 5% of bombs were hitting any significant targets and 2/3 all planes sent out were lost to AA defenses during each run. So, Churchill altered the strategy to what was referred to as "morale destabilization campaign". In other words, he commanded the aircraft to firebomb towns which had poor AA defense capability knowing perfectly well who inhabited them - the very places where anti-war Germans sought shelter.

"In modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason."

- Ernest Hemingway

TxExPat's picture

Your close to right on the British Accuracy.  (They were bombing at NIGHT without advanced Rader/Targeting equipment).  Your way out in left Field on their casuality rates... 2/3 of all aircraft on Each Mission?,  more like 1-2%, while inflecting about a % point less on the German Night Fighters trying to intercept them (AA tended to disrupt aim, and cripple aircraft, while doing surprisingly few direct kills, esp. at night, but the Luftwaffe was waiting for cripples/stragglers...).


JuliaS's picture

Accuracy would improve over time. What started as a 5% hit rate elevated closer to 30% in just 3 short years as British implemented better airborne and land radars. The War did turn in Allied favor as they began winning the arms and energy race. Germany eventually ran out of steam, or should I say, oil, as they were spreading their heavily mechanized forces too thin.

Brits helped detect and destroy many fuel resupply vessels used by German submarines, reducing their range and efficiency... but this is going off topic.

earleflorida's picture

not much of a chance for sk

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Apr 12, 2017 9:56 PM

Do those submarines not leak? Can the helis actually fly? Counting a tube as artillery isn't the same as making it work.

NK is a sad place. Those people need to be liberated. Really.

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

After they sunk that south Korean frigate we should have quietly found a way to sink their subs one at a time with plausible deniability until they were afraid to leave base lest they have a torpedo accident lol

Stinkytofu's picture

"After they sunk that south Korean frigate....."


you take at face value the us claim the the north sank the frigate? 

because we said so, then it must be so.

there were several possible causes, none of which were considered.

kinda like assad gassing the babies.


DoctorFix's picture

The thing that gets me is that the south Koreans have countless miles of coastline with which to stage military exercises and they continuously provoke t2he north by staging "games" literally on the Norths doorstep.  This is by design because nobody not even the South Koreans could be so stupid but they like their Northern brethren are a beligerant lot.

Zoomorph's picture

You should worry about your own place... it's pretty sad too! In fact, it might be a better life in North Korea... have you considered that? No Jewish debt slavery, more traditional life, fresh air every day toiling on the farm like our ancestors used to, no modern technology to worry about 24/7.... The propaganda is so thick that it's hard to assess, but I can say for sure that what we have in North America isn't all that great either.

Freddie's picture

US/western MSM zio news media is probably worse than NK propaganda.  The good thing about life in NK would be no Facebook.