Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Is The North Korean Army Falling Apart?
Bryan Harris & Robin Harding, Financial Times: North Korea’s Nuclear Push Masks Army Coming Apart at Seams
When North Korea deployed hundreds of artillery units, submarines and soldiers to take part in its largest live-fire drill, it was intended as a chilling display of the reclusive regime’s military might.
The country boasts the world’s fourth-largest standing army, with more than 1m troops as well as 7m reserves, and last week’s military exercise came as US President Donald Trump ramped up the pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.
But officials and experts say the apparently formidable force is beset by an array of problems, from fuel shortages to ageing equipment, that would choke its capabilities in the event of prolonged conflict with the US and its allies.
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WNU Editor: If there is a major war I am sure that there will be more than enough North Koreans willing to fight .... and backed with enough supplies and provisions to support them for a long time.