North Korea shares a 750 mile border with China. It has a common border with South Korea extending about 250 miles across the peninsula. This is the
DMZ - Demilitarized Zone. An artefact of the Korean War Truce of 1953. NK also has a 12 mile border with Russia. North Korea has 46,000 square miles,
about the size of New York.
The CIA estimates NK’s population at 23 million. (SK 48 m.) It also says the NK is amongst the poorest nations, with an estimated GDP per person of
$1,700 (SK $20,000); the nation’s GDP of $40 billion (SK $800 b.). NK’s about the same GDP as Rhode Island or Maine. New York by comparison has
20 million people and a $896 billion GDP.
North Korea women have 2.1 children. Infant mortality is 21 per 1000 live births. Very bad. Life expectancy is 71 years. Fairly good. Which means if
you can survive the first year of life, you have a good chance of living to a fair old age. Keep in mind life expectancy means that statistical point
when half the population has died. Half are still alive!
North Korea has no oil; it imports about 25,000 barrels per day, mostly from China and the remainder from Russia. NK does not import any natural gas.
That means it has none or next to none plastics industry. NK has barely any electricity surplus. China takes 45% of NK exports, South Korea takes 20%
and Japan, 12%. Mostly agricultural and small manufactured products. Imports come from China, 32%, Thailand, 10% and Japan, 5%.
You tell me how a $40 billion enterprise can threaten a $12 trillion enterprise? I mean seriously? I mean the payroll of our 36,000 troops in South
Korea is about $1 b. a year and the cost to keep them there, a like amount. We are spending the equivalent of 5% of North Korea’s GDP posting just 2
divisions in South Korea.
So I ask again, how does a $40 b. country threaten (realistically) a $12 t. country? Or are we getting a Crawford size load of Texas BS?
You tell me.
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