Skip to comments.North Korea's special forces comprise 200,000 soldiers
Posted on 01/30/2014 11:38:37 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
The special operations branch of the Korean People's Army, tasked with conducting asymmetric warfare against the United States and South Korea, is reported to comprise 200,000 soldiers, according to the Seoul-based Chosun Ilbo.
As the South Korean government's defense white paper noted in 2010, North Korean special forces consist of 60,000 specialized troops and 140,000 light infantry soldiers. General Walter Sharp, the former commander of the South Korean-US Combined Forces Command stated that the infantry soldiers are lightly armed and trained to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines to destroy key installations and engage in black ops.
Specialized troops may infiltrate South Korea on foot or through underground tunnels, General Sharp said. They are also able to land at major ports in the South with 130 hovercraft and 260 landing vessels. The North Korean air force's 170 aging but operable low-flying AN-2 transport planes introduced from Russia and 130 helicopters can also be mobilized to deploy airborne troops as well.
The United States only has about 50,000 soldiers in its special forces while South Korea has fewer than 20,000. "The havoc-raising potential of North Korea's special forces has grown as their numbers have increased and their training has shifted to terrorist tactics developed by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan," General Sharp told the Washington Post. "They are very capable, and they will employ these tactics."
All members of North Korean special forces have been die-hard Kim family loyalists since the establishment of the unit, Sharp said, adding that to avoid capture when they are defeated, all soldiers are ordered to kill themselves. Despite the fact that the weapons they use are all Cold War era relics, they are still a deadly threat to the national security of South Korea, he said.
The AN-2 transport plane is hard to detect using radar due to its low-fly capability. (Internet photo)
I think war is probably inevitable.
conscript cannon fodder , from starving families . SEAL bait .
They aren’t a joke. The reason the families are starving is because these guys get the food.
SEALs won’t be fighting them, the Soviets had the same plan, lots of elite troops to attack our rear.
If they attack then nuke all NK military sites.And chia boy’s hideouts.
Playing pussy-foot with bad guys is foolish.
Smack them down HARD!!!
Oh wait,we have a muslim terrorist as our nation “elected” l”leader”.......just damn!
somehow the thought goes through my mind, “if all of you are special, ain’t none of you special.”
Based on recent reports even the military is getting short rations.
I think considering the childhood malnutrition in Nork many of them really are “ Special”. As in call the “ short bus” special...
Seals aren’t impressive, delta are far better, my opinion is based on personal experience working with both overseas as a Canadian soldier.
if all of you are special, aint none of you special.
I tell my kids, “You’re unique...just like everyone else.”
I give them about 1 hour the moment they contact land.