North Korea is much more equipped militarily as compared to 10-15 years ago
North Korea is much more equipped militarily as compared to 10-15 years ago. Even though their conventional forces are somewhat antiquated. The basic reality is if a conflict were to take place, a full blown conflict undoubtedly the United States with its South Korean ally would prevail. North Korea cannot win this conflict. The North Korean leadership may be a leader that values or appreciates the importance of taking risk but it is still rational. North Korea does have the largest standing Army in the world- 1.1 million active duty troops and 5.5 million reserves. But they lack the capabilities to mobilize their forces in a foreign country- except perhaps China and South Korea. Furthermore North Korean soldiers are not trained to any proper degree. Troops are frequently deployed to bring in harvest of crops- they aren’t prepared for an all-out war, especially against the United States.