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The only reason the USA hasn't invaded north Korea already is because there would be no financial gain.
In fact, North Korea is sitting on the goldmine. The northern side of the Korean peninsula is well known for its rocky terrain with 85% of the country composed of mountains. It hosts sizeable deposits of more than 200 different minerals, of which deposits of coal, iron ore, magnesite, gold ore, zinc ore, copper ore, limestone, molybdenum, and graphite are the largest and have the potential for the development of large-scale mines. After China, North Korea's magnesite reserves are the second largest in the world, and its tungsten deposits are almost the sixth-largest in the world. Still the value of all these resources pales in comparison to prospects which promise the exploration and export of rare earth metals.
South Korea estimates the total value of the North's mineral deposits at more than $6 trillion USD.
America is an empire on its last legs soon to fall.
originally posted by: slider1982
Just thinking out loud here,
What if NK did launch a Nuclear warhead that hit South Korea, would the west really retaliate with its own Nuclear strike?.. I say this as would the fall out for China be something that they as a nation would stand for?..
Its easy for people to say such things as "they would turn the country into glass" but would it be that straight forward. If NK was a Island then maybe but it is not it is spitting distance (in global terms) from Beijing and numerous other large cities in China.