North Korea masses 50,000 troops on border

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  1. North Korea masses 50,000 troops on border
    North Korea has completed deployment of about 50,000 special forces along the border with South Korea, amid high tensions over the sinking of a Seoul warship.


    Published: 6:30AM BST 05 May 2010

    The deployment began two or three years ago and seven 7,000-strong divisions are now in place, an unidentified senior government official told Yonhap news agency.

    "The threat that North Korea may infiltrate special forces for limited warfare has become real," the agency quoted a separate senior defence ministry official as saying.

    The defence ministry refused to confirm the Yonhap report, but President Lee Myung-Bak discussed the North's special warfare capabilities at an unprecedented meeting Tuesday with 150 top officers from all armed services.

    At the meeting, Mr Lee hinted strongly that the North was involved in the sinking of a South Korean warship with the loss of 46 lives near the disputed sea border on March 26.

    Suspicions are growing that the 1,200-tonne ship was hit by a torpedo from the communist state, which has denied involvement.

    Mr Lee said the South must be better prepared to tackle "asymmetric" military threats including special warfare units.

    A defence ministry report in 2008 said the North - learning lessons from the Iraq war - had strengthened its special warfare capability by augmenting light infantry units and enhancing their street warfare, night-time and mountaineering training.

    The North has about 180,000 special forces, it said, adding they would be used for "multifarious types of attacks and mixed warfare" against the South.

    john
    When you've completely messed up your state an external threat goes down well.
     
  2. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Blimey. N. Korea must have HUGE balconies!
     
  3. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Don't worry folks. The UK has enough troops, aircraft, tanks, helicopters, vehicles and things that float. Options for Change was just a bad dream, and the last 13 years have only been a nightmare.

    The next MOD budget review will reflect the fact that the UK only faces small insurgencies and thus needs only equip for COIN.

    There is no evidence of any likely or future large scale conventional or otherwise threat to UK interests.

    Gordon and sombody on here said so.
     
  4. Are they not just queueing for food?
     
  5. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    50 000, just a platoon then!
     
  6. I was the 179,995th person on the balcony :D
     
  7. How can any country other than maybe China say they have 50,000 SF and keep a straight face.

    I would be willing to bet those special forces wouldn't compare well with our bog standard infantryman.

    Edit-Sorry just re-read the original post and seeing they are claiming 180,000 with balcony rights.
     
  8. Wikipedia

     
  9. 50,000 special forces, what's the drop out rate?
     
  10. All South Korea needs to do is get some aircraft, bomb the buggers into oblivion and don't have to be worried about the NK Air Force. Well, when they pass the student pilots after only 7 hours flight-time, they're not going to be Ace's! :D
     
  11. But they do have obsolete sams & Mig 29 to throwaround
     
  12. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    And very hardened aircraft hangars built into the north side of mountains. Ringed with radar and sam defences. And whilst the NK SF may not be as good as our "them", there are an awful lot of them. Not "them" just them.
    If anyone follows this, can you please explain it to me?
     
  13. Don't worry, the Chinese will think of a way to defuse this, otherwise it will be bad for business and the 'peaceful rise'.
     
  14. Kim Jong Il: Now you see, the changing of the worrd is inevitabre!
    Lisa: I'm sorry, it's what?
    Kim Jong Il: Inevit, inevitabre.
    Lisa: One more time.
    Kim Jong Il: [shouts] Inevitabre! Things are inevitabrey going to change! Goddamnit, open your fcuking ears!