N.Korea 'Has the Edge in Nuclear, Biochemical Weapons'

      November 06, 2013 10:09

      The South Korean army is inferior to the North Korean army in a one-on-one in terms of so-called asymmetric warfare capabilities, a Defense Ministry official told a parliamentary audit Tuesday.

      Cho Bo-keun said South Korea alongside the U.S. would win an overwhelming victory over North Korea, and even in a one-on-one fight between the two Koreas, the South Korean military is far superior in terms of conventional weapons and firepower.

      "But the North Korean army is rapidly increasing asymmetric war capabilities with the focus on strikes on the Seoul metropolitan area," Cho added.

      The arms where the North has an advantage include nuclear and biochemical weapons, ballistic missiles and long-range artillery, he said.

      He also claimed the North is trying to develop an electromagnetic pulse bomb to paralyze electronic equipment, a kind of Bigfoot of the arms world.

      Cho confirmed that the North Korean army has deployed within 100 km from the demilitarized zone some 700,000 soldiers or 70 percent of its service personnel, plus 8,000 guns or 80 percent of its field artillery, and 2,000 tanks.

      Since the successful test-launch of a long-range rocket in December last year, the North has been continuing research and development of intercontinental ballistic missiles by conducting five engine tests this year, the ministry said.

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