Infographic – How Worried Should We Be About a North Korean Nuke?

North Korea’s aggressive behavior recently has Americans concerned about the threat of nuclear war.

Polls show that 82% of Americans fear the threat of a North Korean nuke, split somewhat evenly between the political parties. It’s no wonder people are concerned when there’s a rogue nation eager to use its nuclear weapons to destroy us.

To separate facts from rumors, we’re sharing an infographic that compares and analyzes the military capabilities of the U.S. and North Korea. Check it out below.

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As expected, the U.S. is superior in military strength in most areas. However, what’s surprising is that North Korea actually does have an advantage in some areas.

Even though North Korea has a relatively small total population, their number of front line reserves is almost three times the size of ours, which means they have more combat ready troops than us.

The good news is that when it comes to the number of people fit for service, our number dwarfs them. “Fit for service” means anyone that falls between the age of 16 and 49 and doesn’t have disqualifying health issues.

A “fit for service” individual isn’t currently trained for combat, but they theoretically could be. The issue with this is how long it would take to train a new soldier from scratch, and how efficient training would be during a nuclear war.

The next area where North Korea has an advantage is naval power. North Korea has more ships available. They have 967 ships total while we only have 415.

That statistic looks pretty bleak, but we need to consider the overall quality of the ships and their capabilities. It’s safe to assume that U.S. ships are higher quality and have more powerful capabilities, lessening the disadvantage of fewer numbers.

In a nuclear war, the most important factor is, of course, nuclear weapons. The U.S. has 6,800 total nuclear warheads compared to North Korea’s 60.

Unfortunately, when it comes to nuclear weapons, the total number isn’t as important given the catastrophic effect of just one nuclear warhead. Even one successful nuclear strike on the right location at the right time could secure victory for either side.

What that means is that we still need to prepare for the worst even though we have an overwhelming military advantage on paper. If you don’t already have a way to protect yourself against radiation, I urge you to buy iodine tablets right now while you still can.

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