April 4th, 2013
11:11 PM ET

How North Korea would attack the South

Retired General James "Spider" Marks illustrates the plan of attack North Korea would use and how the U.S. could counter.

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  1. Dennis

    North's Goal: Win a short non-nuke war and get what you want. How: Seize Seoul...a million man army should do it, and the U.S. & RoK forces will not be able to stop them at the start. Surround Seoul holding the population as hostage's, drive a nuke into the city...hide it...withdraw your troops...leaving commando's to protect bomb. U.S. will not drop a nuke first...even to stop a North advance. Everything else is a faint. Seoul is a economic power, & won't be destroyed...no value in that. The U.S. & South Korea will be forced to meet a lot of demands...or. They need a missile went a truck will do....keep it simple...and it's all about numbers....they have more...and a very short distant to travel to achieve that goal.

    April 26, 2013 at 5:38 am |
    • russ139

      When the N. Korean troops start moving south, all we need to do is drop tons and tons of food all around them. Also, on the north side of the DMZ.

      Also, make an advanced deal with china that we'll drop food and tents at the N.Korea-China border. that will keep the refugees entering China to a minimum.

      We should be stockpiling now in Japan.

      April 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
  2. Tom

    What is the latest on NK submarine capabilities? Do they have capabilities to place a nuclear warhead on a toredo? What will stop them from destroying a carrier task force with a tactical nuclear weapon? That is scary!

    April 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Lukas

      Making a nuclear tipped torpedo would be obsencely difficult for NK, as for launching a missile from a sub they would need a way to store the missile and have a method for launching it, neither of which they have. Their sub fleet comprises of small diesel subs, which while are very stealthy – they don't have the range to make it to the US, its good for sneaking around their own waters but not ours.

      April 29, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  3. Steve

    There has been a lot of talk that the missiles in North Korea could not reach the US mainland. But what is preventing North Korea from bringing nuclear weapons to the US by plane? Is this a real threat? Why is this not being discussed? Am I missing something obvious?

    April 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Alex

      Well the reason why we don't really talk about it is because if a foreign military plane is flying towards us, we would see it coming and intercept it nearly immediately as it hits the pacific. Nuclear missiles are harder to intercept, but we are able to block them in certain areas. Back in WWII we were able to get past defenses to drop some bombs on Japan, nowadays that would be pretty impossible to go undetected.

      April 7, 2013 at 12:29 am |
    • Jake

      No aircraft from NK would be allowed within US airspace and can easily be shot down by our aerospace defenses. Sure, nothing should be counted out, but this is unlikely to be carried out by the North Koreans if they had any sense.

      April 8, 2013 at 9:57 am |

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