Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Is North Korea's Special Forces A Dangerous Threat?

North Korean special forces soldiers march during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founding father, Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 15. (Reuters)

Washington Post: North Korea’s Special Operations forces are numerous, mysterious and formidable

Dozens of Special Operations troops marched in North Korea’s military parade this month, covered from head to toe in green, brown and black camouflage. Carrying variants of the Kalashnikov rifle with high-capacity “helical” magazines, they shouted slogans in support of Kim Jong Un, seemingly delighting the North Korean leader as he watched.

The scene underscored a long-held understanding about Pyongyang’s military: Special Operations troops have an outsize role. An assessment of those forces will likely come up Wednesday when the Trump administration hosts an unusual White House briefing for lawmakers about North Korea’s military capabilities, as Washington pressures Pyongyang to halt its advancing nuclear weapons program.

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Previous Post: A Look At North Korea's Special Forces (April 17, 2017)

WNU Editor:  I do not know if they are a serious threat, but North Korea's special forces did look very formidable in North Korea's military parade this month.


Aizino Smith said...

Yeah they are a serious threat.

Just line them up in 2 lines and make fat boy run the gauntlet.

TWN said...

Well trained and motivated troops are always a threat and should never be underestimated, but we really wont know until the fighting starts. I have a feeling it's going to pretty nasty.

fazman said...

They proved themselves when they almost infiltrated the bluehouse and fought to the death.

Anonymous said...

Good point, fazman. It's been a while, but it also shows that they were trying to exploit the U.S.'s distraction of resources and attention by the Vietnam war at that time. I think it's fair to say that while the US nowhere near is as involved as during the Vietnam war - even if you count all the regional conflicts and special operations together, the Vietnam war would dwarf it - we should still learn that the North Koreans might strike first and boldly and have done so before. An attack on the blue house was nothing less than a decapitation attempt of the South Korean regime. It doesn't get much bolder than that. Good lesson.

Aizino Smith said...

1% to 10% of the U.S. population AND THE LOW END OF THAT RANGE IS BEING GENERPOUS.