Many wonder why the United States would want to go to war with North Korea. The brutal reality is that the United States has been at war with North Korea since June 25, 1950. There has been a ceasefire, also know as an “armistice” since July 27, 1953. This was a negotiated truce, not a peace treaty. After that, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created to separate the northern part of Korea from the southern part along the 38th parallel.
The United States did not start the war with North Korea. The United States gave support to the South Korean forces to thwart an invasion by the North Korean Army. During 2013, North Korea claimed the armistice agreement signed in 1953 was invalid, thereby once again officially declaring war on the United States and South Korea.
Very few Americans remember when the Korean War started. It was before the Vietnamese War and before the birth of the vast majority of Americans.
America and South Korea have long wanted to sign a peace treaty with North Korea to end this war once and for all. The trouble is that the regime, which has been in power controlling North Korea with godlike dictatorship powers, is the family of the current leader Kim Jong Un. This family has been promoting war to their people and the rest of the world for decades.
The North Korean leadership is brutal. Kim Jong Un murdered his own elder brother and his uncle in order to seize absolute power over North Korea. The North Koreans suffer greatly from a lack of food and resources because the country is isolated from the rest of the world. North Korea spends about one-third of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on military expenditures. Almost the entire population of North Korea, who is of fighting age, is either already serving the military or in the ready reserves. This makes the North Korean army one of the largest fighting forces in the world. However, they are ill-equipped and under fed, so many millions would become “cannon fodder” in a ground war that is all.
Constant massive military marches are held in the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, to honor the great leader. Soldiers march by in a “goose step” fashion reminiscent of the fascist, genocidal leader, Hitler in Nazi Germany.
With all the verbal threats and insults coming out of the mouth of Kim Jong Un, directed at the United States, it should be noted that this is similar to an ant screaming at an elephant.
North Korea could launch a war that kills millions in South Korea and millions more in North Korea. This act would be suicidal because the United States has such overwhelming military firepower, it could and would completely annihilate North Korea in short order.
Here are the fifteen greatest weapons in the United States military arsenal.
15. Drones Will Be Catastrophic For The Population
The United States has a massive unmanned drone program that has already been used extensively to attack terrorist targets in the many thousands. The capability exists to attack Kim Jong Un with impunity at any time. North Korea has virtually no defense against this, except for Kim Jong Un to take refuge in a secret hiding place and never again to be seen in public.
Even though the U. S. has this capacity, so far, the United States has refrained from using it. The U.S. realizes it made tremendous mistakes in the past by the removal of dictators such as Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, which only created a vacuum of leadership that was filled by a worse form of Islamic terrorists. If Kim Jong Un would simply be wise enough to go quiet for some time, it is very likely he will be left alone by the USA and remain in power.
For now, Kim Jong Un is probably safe from a drone strike; however, when he has his big parades in his capital of Pyongyang and waves to the crowd, he should take a look up for a moment and think about a drone with a precise laser-targeted bomb with him as the target. He will not be able to see it, hear it, or defend the attack from it. It will strike its target with a precision that will take out the “great leader” and everyone around him.
14. A Strong Economy Means A Strong Enemy
The United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is around $19,417 billion each year. North Korea’s GDP is between $50 and $60 billion annually. Recently, the United Nations agreed unanimously to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea. This time, China has agreed to help enforce them and seems for the first time to be sincere in doing so. In that regard, China will stop the import of certain raw materials and products from North Korea, starting on September 5, 2017. The canceled import contracts are equivalent to about $1 billion per year, which is about one-third of the amount that North Korea exported to China each year prior to the new sanctions. Coal, iron ore, and seafood from North Korea will be blocked from importation into China.
This means the very weak North Korean economy will be further weakened. North Korea already spends about one-third of its GDP on its military expenses. Reducing the amount of funds that North Korea receives from exporting products to China will directly impact the amount of funds available to the North Korean military. The annual U.S. Defense budget is over $635 billion. North Korean military spending is about $10 billion per year.
13. Satellite Systems To Track And Kill
The United States has Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites that cover the entire world. This gives the American forces the ability to pinpoint target attack zones with incredible accuracy, as well as monitor any counter force movements.
North Korea does not have any GPS capability at all, making its ability to hit specific targets very inaccurate. This is one of the major risk factors. A confrontation may start by a North Korean missile launch that goes off course and hits a territory of the United States, such as Guam or one of the allies of the U.S. In other words, North Korea can easily accidentally start a war by testing its uncontrollable missiles.
12. Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons
A High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) weapon is designed to be detonated high above the Earth’s surface and maximize the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) effects, which makes electronic equipment disabled over a wide area. The United States possesses both nuclear and non-nuclear versions of these weapons. North Korea does not yet possess the technical expertise to create any of these weapons.
If the United States were to launch a massive attack on North Korea, it would use HEMP weapons to disable communications between the North Korean forces and prevent any retaliation with missiles that rely on electronics for launch. Besides HEMP weapons that operate on a wide scale, the United States also has ground-based microwave weapons that can target the operations of specific ground forces. Additionally, the civilian resources such as the country’s telecommunications systems, electric power grid, radio, and television stations would be completely disabled.
11. Mother Of All Bombs
The mother of all bombs (MOAB) was used by the U.S. military against forces of the Taliban and insurgents hidden in tunnels in Afghanistan. These tunnels are very similar to the tunnels and underground facilities that North Korea built to protect the deployment of their nuclear missiles.
There are two inherent problems with the North Korean defenses. The MOABs, which are non-nuclear devices, can remove the equivalent of a mountain top from the protection of an underground facility. Additionally, the MOABs can bury a facility under a mountain of dirt as well. The explosive range of these devices can be set by the U.S. military to remove as much terrain as possible, exposing the North Koreans missiles or to bury the targeted terrain in debris that takes decades to remove.
Additionally, when the North Koreans want to use their missiles they need to bring them to the surface so that they are easily tracked and targeted by U.S. counter-ballistic missile systems.
The United States does not have to use nuclear weapons to take out all the launch sites of nuclear missiles in North Korea. In fact, the MOABs attack would bury these facilities under so much rubble it would take many years to make them active again.
The United States has more than 20 MOABs ready to launch at a moment’s notice and 20 more that are even bigger, capable of knocking out all missile launch facilities in North Korea ten times over. Since the United States recently used one, extremely successfully in Afghanistan, this is a real deterrent to North Korean.
10. Fighter Jets
The United States possesses some of the most advanced fighter jets in the world such as the Phantom F-4 that can carry a payload of 18,000 pounds of bombs. The Korean Air Force relies on fighter jets that are fifty years behind in technological advancements. In “dog fights” between fighter jets, any jets from North Korean would immediately be neutralized. They do not have the speed or targeting capability to shoot down American jets.
Even if the North Korean jets wanted to come into attack range with U.S. fighter jets they would not be able to catch them. Meanwhile, they would then become a target for U.S. missiles that would launch a counter attack from land, air, and sea.
9. Cyber Warfare
The United States possesses cyber tools that have been weaponized to penetrate telecommunication systems all over the world. These weapons can shut down the entire economy of a country, including the banking, retail, transportation, communication, and power-grid systems.
North Korea already has a weak power-grid structure and cannot even operate it at night to produce electricity for its citizens. This is why a satellite photo of North Korea at night is almost completely dark with the exception of a few monumental buildings in the North Korea capital of Pyongyang.
The North Korea telecommunication infrastructure and its intranet, with its limited use, are based on archaic protocols that are easily penetrated. Because North Korea has been so isolated for so long, it has major vulnerabilities in its telecommunication systems that the United States could easily exploit to disrupt the necessary functions of the North Korean economy as well as any military communications.
8. Aircraft Carriers
The USS Nimitz is one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world. It carries 6,000 personnel. It is capable of launching a supersonic fighter jet every twenty seconds and can detect enemy positions for up to 500 kilometers away. It carries conventional and nuclear weapons. It is nuclear powered and can run for up to thirty years without needing refueling.
7. Smart Bombs
The United States has a massive array of both conventional and nuclear smart bombs. These bombs may have multiple warheads with different targets and can be guided to their targets with precise accuracy. Some of them can have their flight path changed while in route and also can change targets. They have advanced antiballistic missile avoidance capabilities.
Some conventional smart bombs release multiple warheads that autonomously select targets on the ground, based on their own electronic reconnaissance performed during an attack. They use infrared and laser-sighting systems to accurately find their targets. One smart bomb carries twenty warheads and can take out as many as twenty tanks or artillery installations on the ground with a single smart bomb attack.
The United States has tens of thousands of these smart bombs. If North Korea were to use its artillery to attack South Korea, the first launches from North Korea would reveal all the artillery positions and immediately make such artillery come under massive retaliatory strikes with incredibly powerful and precisely accurate retaliation of smart bombs.
6. Nuclear Warheads
The United States has the capability to launch nuclear weapons from air, land, and sea. There are land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), sea-based submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), and air-based nuclear weapons deployed by the heavy bomber group of the U.S. Air Force.
The United States has about 6,800 usable nuclear warheads. At the last count during 2016, 1,890 were operational warheads. Operational weapons are deployed or could be deployed in a matter of minutes on short notice. An additional 2,500 warheads are held in reserve to be used as secondary strike capacity.
The U.S. ICBMs deployed now are the LGM-30G Minuteman III. The U.S. also has multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV). A MIRV is an intercontinental ballistic missile, which carries a payload of several thermonuclear warheads, each capable of being aimed to hit a different target. The hydrogen bombs have the explosive strength equivalent to many thousand times the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan during World War II.
The U.S has gravity bombs that can be dropped by F-15, F-16- and F-35 fighter jets or the B-2 stealth bombers and the B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber.
The UGM-133 Trident II missile carries up to 14 warheads. It is launched from a nuclear submarine. Each warhead has the ability to target a separate area and destroys everything within approximately 100 square kilometers at the target zone. North Korea has a land area of 120,540 square kilometers. This means that 1,206 nuclear warheads would completely destroy every centimeter of North Korea.
Trident II missiles have an operational range of more than 7,456 miles. They are carried by 14 US Ohio and four Vanguard-class submarines, with 24 missiles on each Ohio class and 16 missiles on each Vanguard class. A single Ohio class submarine can deliver 144 to 336 nuclear warheads. Four to ten American nuclear submarines that are within 7,456 miles of North Korea are sufficient to completely annihilate the country.
To put this in perspective, the distance from New York to North Korea is only 6,672 miles. A submarine in a New York harbor has the ability to launch a nuclear warhead to hit North Korea. Of the total U.S. submarine fleet, approximately 12 to 14 submarines are already within range to hit North Korea.
5. Naval And Air Blockade
The United States Navy has an enormous capacity of ships and submarines that could be used to create an impenetrable naval blockade surrounding North Korea to make sure no ocean-going vessels could either leave or enter North Korean waters. The U.S. Air Force could create an air traffic “no-fly” zone that would make it impossible for any aircraft to fly in or out of North Korea. With such a blockade in place, the only route for a supply chain of goods coming into North Korea would be, by land across the northern border with China.
United States bombing of this route along the North Korean side of the border would make it impossible for any transportation of goods to come into North Korea. The United States could very effectively cut off all supplies to North Korea.
4. Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber has a design that can penetrate air defense because it is almost completely invisible to radar tracking and flies at heights that make it nearly invisible from the ground.
Before the stealth technology was made public, the predecessors of this aircraft were responsible for many UFO sightings when they were flown low over major metropolitan areas during tests. It is one of the most survivable aircraft in the world.
The North Koreans could do absolutely nothing to stop it from making multiple flights over their country and to drop thousands of bombs. The B-2 only has a crew of two people and carries a massive payload of up to 80, 500-lb. conventional guided bombs or 16, B83 thermonuclear gravity weapons. Just two military pilots flying this plane could deliver an attack force capable of killing many millions.
3. Nuclear Stealth Submarines
The United States has nuclear stealth submarines that can navigate shallow waters and stay completely undetected for months at a time. The operate on silent electric motors and are made from sonar absorbing materials so that any sonar waves directed at them are absorbed and not returned to the sonar detection devices. They carry a massive amount of conventional and nuclear warheads.
A single American submarine with its full nuclear payload would have enough destructive power to destroy North Korea. Their other advanced capabilities in stealth mode are the surveillance of the North Korean troop and equipment movements as well as missile site activities.
2. Missile Defense Systems
North Korea has offensive missiles; however, it does not have any missile defense systems. The United States has the ground-based Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) already deployed in South Korea, Guam, Japan, and being added to Hawaii. Additionally, the U.S. has the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System that is operated by sea-based forces of the U.S. Navy. The U.S. also has ground-based interceptor missiles.
With these systems, any launch of missiles towards any U.S. territory or American allies will be taken out while in flight before they can hit their targets. Within moments after a launch of any missile by North Korea, the United States already knows the missile trajectory and where it will land if the missile completes its trip. Sometimes, the unreliable North Korean missiles still have the chance to blow up mid-flight.
The only reason the United States allowed the recent North Korean missile tests to complete their flights, including the one that landed near Japan, in Japan’s territorial waters, is because the U.S. forces knew exactly where it would land and wanted to analyze the missile’s capabilities by allowing it to complete its test flight.
If North Korea makes the mistake of targeting Guam instead of Japan, the United States will retaliate by, at the minimum, taking the missiles out before they have a chance to reach their targets. The reason for this is clear. The United States has the right and the obligation to protect its territories and does not need permission from another country to make a defensive retaliation towards any missiles directed at Guam.
1. Top Secret Black Ops Weapons
For many decades, the United States has operated top-secret black ops projects that are so secretive that the public is not aware of their existence. The technology in use by these unacknowledged projects is so vastly superior to what is publicly known to exist today that it is light-years ahead of what anyone might think is possible.
The United States does not deploy these weapons, except in the case of a national emergency. North Korea has all the bluffing and bluster to claim their weapons are so superior. In reality, North Korea is over 100 years or more behind the United States in terms of advanced technology.
If the North Koreans actually think they can pose a threat to the United States, the deployment of these black ops weapons should make them reconsider because their entire country can be vaporized in a matter of seconds by any of these advanced weapons that make nuclear warheads look like child’s play.
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