Who Wins A War USA North Korea
 
If talks between Trump and Kim Jong-Un fail, making war a possibility, who would win?

With a combination of firepower, technology and manpower, the United States military is ranked number one in the world by The Global Firepower Index. North Korea is ranked 23rd, but that doesn't mean it would be a quick or easy war.

North Korea has 1.1 million active duty soldiers, just 200,000 less than the United States. North Korea, under the Kim regimes, has also had a very loyal military for more than 50 years. The Kim dynasty's cult-like rule has maintained a religious following not just by North Korean citizens, but by its military generals and forces.
In a military showdown between solely the United States and North Korea, it is highly likely that the United States would eventually win, but not without a large number of military and civilian casualties on both sides.

In a military showdown that would escalate into other nations being involved, North Korea would most definitely lose without the support of China... which, when it comes down to it, would end up supporting the United States.

In a USA vs. North Korea showdown, China would most likely remain neutral, but nations across Europe and Asia would likely support the United States both militarily and monetarily. Japan, South Korea, India, France, Germany and most developed nations would choose the side of the United States in any such dangerous military escalation. 

In any such showdown, the wild card would be Russia. Even with Russia on its side, North Korea would lose... if the rest of the world did indeed choose to support the United States. 

In a single battle, with no other countries involved, the United States outnumbers North Korea by air, land and sea. The United States also has an extensive "black budget" that could be funding highly classified and highly effective new weaponry. 

America's white budget also outspend's North Korea on military funding by a vast margin. 

Despite all of this, a war between the United States and North Korea would not end quickly or cleanly. As Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said, "It would be a very serious war." North Korea is in possession of several nuclear capable warheads and possible chemical weaponry, which could increase American casualties significantly.

A US strike on North Korea would first, likely, aim to disable the Kim regime's missile silos and launch sites. If this isn't done fast enough, North Korea could successfully launch nuclear missiles at South Korea and Japan... and possibly the United States. Although the United States and its allies have technological capabilities to shoot North Korean nukes out of the sky, no system is ever fail-proof. 

With the risks of casualties so high, it's unlikely, despite recent tensions, that either the United States or Kim Jong-Un would find any value in resorting to military conflict. It is clear that the leader with the most to lose is Kim Jong-Un, who would face immediate condemnation from global powers and eventual military defeat in any such provocation or incitement. 

In a war between the United States and North Korea, the United States would win. It is more than likely that Kim Jong-Un is fully aware of his own vulnerability, thus, this is why he has agreed to speak to Donald Trump and to open himself to the possibility of nuclear disarmament. To Kim Jong-Un, reigning supreme over his cult-like empire is more important than starting a war he would inevitably lose. 
      March 2018 | Commodus

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