Here We Go
North Korea has recently fired missiles over Japan, the second ballistic missile tests that flew over the Japanese islands. This missile test occurred on September 15th, flying over 1,000 kilometers farther than the last test on the 29th of August. This comes as no surprise with recent tension between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) and it's neighbors and the United States(US). Since these tests were the farthest flying to date, the DPRK is now proven itself as a threat to the US and it's allies.
Diplomacy Should've Happen First
Until you realize that the DPRK won't negotiate reasonably, then it shouldn't be shocking that this happened. The DPRK currently stands with it's two main objectives, ensure their regime survives, and reunite the Korean peninsula under the leadership of the "great"(anything but) leader. Because the country won't deviate from this path, North Korea has failed to address the other problems the country is currently facing. And for that reason, North Korea has few allies in the world, with only China and Russia reasonably being able to come to their aid in the event of a war. Unfortunately for them, Russia has said they won't support North Korea in a war, and China will only intervene if they are invaded or attacked unprovoked. With that in mind, the US is up to make the next decision, hopefully, they make the right one.
Their Military is Outdated
Just look at the table below, while North Korea has more soldiers and equipment, the US coalition outmatches them in technology as the North's technology is decades old, coming from the 1950's to the 1980's. Just take a look at this comparison of the standard equipment each side has, which is in the same order as the table below, red for North Korea, blue for South Korea, and green for the USA with the year that the equipment entered serviced. The most modern equipment is not always listed.
Infantry Weapon: Type 68 Assault Rifle(1968) vs K2 Assault Rifle(1984)/M4 Carbine(1994)
Aircraft Fighter: Chengdu F-7(1966) vs Northrop F-5E(1974)/F-16 Fighting Falcon(1978)
Helicopter: Mii Mi-24(1972) vs Sikorsky S-70(1979)/HH-60 Pave Hawk(1982)
Tank: T-55(1949) vs K1(1987)/M1 Abrams(1980)
Armored Vehicle: VTT-323(1980) vs K2000 FPIV(1986)/Oshkosh M-ATV(2009)
Artillery: Type 75(1963) vs KM101A1(1970)/M109 Howitzer(1969)
Submarine: Sang-O II(1991) vs Chang Bogo-Class(1993)/Virginia Class(2004)
Battleship: Sariwon-Class Corvette(1961) vs Pohang-Class Corvette(1986)/Arleigh Burke Class(1991)
Patrol Craft: Chaco Class(1960) vs Chamsuri Class(1978)
Missile: Hwasong-6(1988) vs MGM-140(2000)/LGM-30(1970)
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