A chart shows why South Koreans are reluctant to go to war with the North: a quarter of the country is in range of North Korean artillery. Notably the South Korean capital is well within the North’s artillery range.
Last month, a poll found that a majority of Americans support military action against North Korea for the first time. If diplomatic efforts fail, there is no doubt that the United States has the capabilities to successfully strike Pyongyang’s nuclear infrastructure. However, retaliation by North Korea is highly likely and even though this could come from one of the regime’s intercontinental ballistic missiles, the country’s conventional artillery is extremely powerful and also presents a major threat.
Even though much of the North Korean military is made up of antiquated Cold War-era Soviet equipment, the North Korean People’s Army Artillery Command has approximately 12,000 pieces of tube artillery and another 2,300 multiple launch rocket systems. Some of these systems are capable of striking Seoul, though it is believed the city’s northern outskirts would primarily come under fire in the event of hostilities. Some studies have predicted the South Korean capital’s annihilation in the event of war, though it is more likely some of its districts would be heavily damaged with significant civilian casualties.
North Korea’s initial choice of targets would prove vital in any conflict. The regime could choose to strike military targets across the DMZ or inflict a hammer blow on South Korea through mass civilian casualties and economic damage. The latter strategy would leave the north’s artillery assets vulnerable to U.S. and South Korean counter barrages or air strikes.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
South Korea war
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea (KR) is estimated to have a population of 50.8 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.5% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1.3 million.