Korean War II could be bloodier than the first, a reason why U.S. and North Korea may meet

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President Trump shocked the world, accepting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s invitation to discuss a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. It’s historic and high-stakes.
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WASHINGTON — War on the Korean Peninsula would be catastrophic.  

How much blood would be shed and how nasty the fighting would be are the outstanding questions, according to Defense estimates and experts. 

Even a conventional war could kill tens of thousands of civilians in its first days if thousands of North Korean artillery shells fell on the 10 million citizens of Seoul, 35 miles from the demilitarized zone. The number of dead and wounded multiply if war goes nuclear, as North Korea has threatened.

More: Will Trump be ready for North Korea meeting? U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson fears he won’t

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More: White House seems to add conditions to summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

In November, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offered a lethal promise in remarks to reporters, suggesting the toll in North Korea could be higher.

“Make no mistake, any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming,” Mattis said.

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A woman dressed in a traditional gown pays her respects at statues of late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Unaware of reports his eldest son – and current leader Kim Jong UnÂ’s half-brother – was killed just days ago in what appears to have been a carefully planned assassination, North Koreans marked the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il on Thursday as they do every year. 
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Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea Oct. 19, 2016. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she does not inhale. 
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A picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling North Korean Workers Party, on Sept. 8, 2015, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center front, and Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, second from right, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and first vice-president of the Council of State, watching an art performance by the Moranbong Band and the State Merited Chorus in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sept. 7, 2015. Bermudez led a Cuban delegation to North Korea to mark the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between North Korea and Cuba.  
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Men and women pump their fists in the air and chant “defend!” as they carry propaganda slogans calling for reunification of their country during the “Pyongyang Mass Rally on the Day of the Struggle Against the U.S.,” attended by approximately 100,000 North Koreans to mark the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War at the Kim Il Sung stadium, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The month of June in North Korea is known as the “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” and it’s a time for North Koreans to swarm to war museums, mobilize for gatherings denouncing the evils of the United States and join in a general, nationwide whipping up of the anti-American sentiment. 
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North Koreans gather in front of a portrait of their late leader Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, right, paying respects to their late leader Kim Jong Il, to mark the third anniversary of his death, Wednesday Dec. 17 at Pyong Chon District in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea marked the end of a three-year mourning period for the late leader Kim Jong Il on Wednesday, opening the way for his son, Kim Jong Un, to put a more personal stamp on the way the country is run.  
Kim Kwang Hyon, APThis picture taken by North Korea's official KoreanA December 13, handout photo shows North Korean leaderKim Jong-Un applauds the participants in the secondThis handout picture released from North Korea's officialAn undated picture from North Korea's official KoreanPeople enjoy a ride at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park on Sept. 3 in Pyongyang.People shoot targets at an arcade at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park.North Koreans enjoy an amusement park ride.Women wait for customers at a makeshift photo service stand.North Koreans scream on the free-fall ride.A portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un posing with judo gold medalist An Kum Ae decorates the wall at a local gymnasium on Sept. 2 in Pyongyang.North Korean athletes practice on a trampoline.A North Korean subway station staff member waits for the arrival of a train on Sept. 1 in Pyongyang.A boy arm wrestles with former NFL player Bob The Beast Sapp during a wrestling goodwill tour on Aug. 29 in Pyongyang.Kim Jong-Un attends the test firing of a new high-performance tactical rocket on Aug. 15.People bow to portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung on Dec. 17 in Pyongyang. It is the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.North Koreans visit Mansu Hill to pay their respects to former leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.Soldiers prepare to place flowers at the statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, presides over an event to marking the second anniversary of the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an event in Pyongyang.Military officials applaud during an event marking the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.People bow at the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill.People place flower bouquets before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill.Women sweep around the statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sun, left, and Jong Il on the eve of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 16 in Pyongyang.North Koreans lay flowers at the base of statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.North Korean soldiers gather at Kumsusan memorial palace as they stage a rally supporting their leader, Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang.Soldiers march during a rally at the Kumsusan memorial palace.Jang Song-thaek is escorted in court on Dec. 12. 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One hundred thousand people created a synchronized socialist-realist performance in a 90 minute display of gymnastics, dance and acrobatics.Dancers perform in Pyongyang.Performers present a program on the field of the Rungnado May Day Stadium.Noth Korean army veterans watch the program.Fireworks explode above the Pyongyaang skyline.North Korean soldiers walk along a road in front of the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone on July 22.North Korean pedestrians and bicyclists pass by a billboard for Pyeonghwa Motors, North Korea's car manufacturer, on a highway on the outskirts of Pyongyang.North Koreans stand to applaud during the opening night of the Arirang mass games performance at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on July 22. This year's performance was timed to debut for the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.At dusk, the setting sunlight is reflected on the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 21.North Koreans clean a street after a heavy rainfall in Kaesong, North Korea.Thousands of North Koreans turn colored cards to create an image of the Unha-3 rocket that North Korea successfully launched in December 2012 during the Arirang mass games.A North Korean soldier sits inside a room in Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).North Koreans ride bicycles in the rain along the Taedong River bank in Pyongyang, North Korea.North Korean soldiers walk on a highway near the North Korean city of Kaesong.North Korean nurses sing and play the accordion while children dance during an event to start a campaign to give vitamin A supplements and deworming pills to children at a nursery school in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Child Health Day, May 20. UNICEF and North Korean government agencies are collaborating in the campaign to assist 1.7 million children across the country under age 5.North Korean nurses give vitamin A supplements and deworming pills to children dressed in their best outfits at an elite nursery school in Pyongyang, North Korea.North Koreans pass by the outer wall of a construction site where a propaganda billboard depicts the launch of North Korean rockets in Pyongyang, North Korea. The billboard reads: Let's open up an era to a strong economic country.North Koreans play a board game inside a sauna at the Haedanghwa Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 19. The newly opened complex houses a cooking school, multiple banquet rooms, swimming and wading pools, a billiards room and other spa and recreational facilities.North Korean swimmers enter a waterfall wading pool inside the Haedanghwa Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.Wearing gym-provided workout clothing, North Koreans rest near the gym at the Haedanghwa Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il hang on the outside of a building in central Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 18.North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for photos April 25 as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum in Pyongyang where the bodies of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed. Last month, North Korea marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2 million troops.North Korean soldiers tour the park surrounding Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.North Korean army Col. Kim Chang Jun stands behind field binoculars on a hilltop overlooking the Demilitarized Zone, south of Kaesong, North Korea, on April 24.A boy walks along a path in front of a village south of Kaesong, North Korea.A North Korean boy rides in a bicycle basket on a road north of Kaesong, North Korea.A North Korean boy on rollerblades is pulled by a woman on a bicycle on a road south of Kaesong, North Korea and north of the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas.A North Korean man checks his bicycle next to a propaganda billboard in Kaesong, North Korea.North Korean soldiers ride in the top of a military truck on a road in Kaesong, North Korea. For weeks, North Korea has threatened to attack the U.S. and South Korea for holding joint military drills and for supporting U.N. sanctions. Washington and Seoul officials said they've seen no evidence that Pyongyang is actually preparing for a major conflict, though South Korean defense officials said the North appears prepared to test-fire a medium-range missile.North Korean farmers work in a field inside the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom, North Korea.A North Korean traffic policeman stands at an intersection in Kaesong, North Korea on April 23.North Koreans walk bicycles along a street in Kaesong, North Korea.North Korean children walk in front of an apartment block in Kaesong, North Korea.North Korean soldiers stand on steps overlooking the border village of Panmunjom, North Korea.A painting, depicting North Korean soldiers ambushing and killing U.S. troops hangs on a gallery wall at an art exhibition Friday in Pyongyang.A North Korean boy practices his lines -- Our country is the greatest in the world -- as he is filmed by a local television crew at an exhibition of traditional calligraphy in Pyongyang.North Korean children perform in front of an image of weapons and bayonetsat Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang.Children practice a musical performance at Mangyongdae Children's Palace.A guide stands in a waiting room at Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang. Portraits in the background show North Korea's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il.Children work at easels during a drawing class at Mangyongdae Children's Palace.A North Korean soldier plows a field on the outskirts of Pyongyang.North Koreans walk along a sidewalk in Pyongyang.A North Korean soldier walks through a parking lot as workers paint a building block across the street in Pyongyang.A North Korean soldier guarding the entrance to Pyongyang's Kumsusan mausoleum, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, looks back through the doors of the main gate Monday, April 15, 2013. North Koreans turned out on Monday to mark the 101st birthday of Kim Il Sung.A North Korean man misses the turn and loses control of his go cart on a track at the Fun Fair in Pyongyang on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.A North Korean child covers the eyes of her father as she sits on his shoulders watching mass folk dancing in front of Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.North Korean commuters ride on a city trolley bus in Pyongyang.Marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang on Sunday, April 14, 2013. North Korea hosted the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the April 15, 2013 birthday of the late leader Kim Il Sung.A North Korean woman walks past the outer wall of a construction site where a propaganda billboard depicting the launch of North Korean rockets in Pyongyang, North Korea. The billboard reads: Lets open up an era to a strong economic country.North Korean children hold up red scarves to be tied around their necks during an induction ceremony into the Korean Children's Union, the first political organization for North Koreans, held at a stadium in Pyongyang on Friday, April 12, 2013.North Koreans dance together beneath a mosaic painting of the late leader Kim Il Sung during a mass folk dancing gathering in Pyongyang Thursday, April 11, 2013, to mark the anniversary of the first of many titles of power given to leader Kim Jong Un after the death of his father Kim Jong Il.A North Korean man pushes a bicycle up a hill on the outskirts of Pyongyang.North Korean man drives a small tractor in central Pyongyang, North Korea.North Korean pedestrians walk on a sidewalk past a large nationalist painting in Pyongyang, North Korea.North Korean children carrying brooms walk on a sidewalk in Pyongyang on their way to help tidy up the area around bronze statues of the late leaders as the capital city prepares to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder Kim Il Sung.A North Korean soldier passes by roadside propaganda depicting a North Korean soldier killing a U.S. soldier in Pyongyang. The poster reads in Korean Life or Death Battle. Merciless Punishment to U.S. Imperialists and Puppet Traitors.An apartment block stands among the buildings at dawn in central Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.Reflected in the airport building glass, passengers disembark from North Korea's Air Koryo flight as they arrive at the Pyongyang International airport on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.North Korean soldiers march through Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on March 16.Two North Korean boys hop a ride on the back of a city tram March 14 to cross a bridge in Pyongyang.North Koreans select apples and oranges, imported from China, at a supermarket in Pyongyang on March 13.A North Korean soldier works at a computer terminal under portraits of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il inside the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang on March 12.A bus is covered in camouflage netting in a parking lot of a building in Pyongyang on March 9.A children's pop-up book, displayed by a teacher March 9 at at Kaeson Kindergarten in Pyongyang, depicts a U.S. soldier killing a Korean woman with a hatchet. For North Koreans, the systematic indoctrination of anti-Americanism starts as early as kindergarten.A North Korean girl readies a toy gun that fires rubber corks as she and others play a shooting game at a carnival March 8 at a park in Pyongyang.A Mercedes rides along a street in central Pyongyang.  The U.N. Security Council responded swiftly to North Korea's Feb. 12 nuclear test by punishing the reclusive regime Thursday with new sanctions that target the communist nation's economy and leadership. Pyongyang responded with the threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.An image depicting a female North Korean soldier leading an attack is projected on a screen behind performers during a concert in Pyongyang marking International Women's Day. The text at the top of the screen reads, We are the General's female coastal artillery troops.North Koreans rally March 7 at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in support of a government statement Tuesday that vowed to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War. The statement also  boasted of North Korea's ownership of lighter and smaller nukes and its ability to execute surgical strikes  meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula.North Koreans carry bundles on their backs as they cross a frozen lake north of the capital city of Pyongyang on Feb. 24.A North Korean woman sings karaoke at the Hyangsan Hotel at the foot of Mount Myohyang on Feb. 23.North Koreans cross a railroad bridge over a riverbed south of Mount Myohyang, and north of the capital city of Pyongyang.A North Korean traffic officer patrols a street Feb. 22 in central Pyongyang.A nurse looks out of a window at a neighborhood health clinic in Pyongyang.A North Korean man stands next to a tractor and wagon on the edge of a snow-covered field near the village of Ryongsan-ri, south of Pyongyang.Pedestrians walk along a street Feb. 21 in central Pyongyang.A nurse comforts a baby at a nursery inside Pyongyang Maternity Hospital on Feb. 20.Well-wishers wave flower bouquets as buses carrying North Korean nuclear scientists and other officials pass by in Pyongyang. Scientists and other officials involved in the North's underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 arrived in the capital city Feb. 20 to a celebration.Photos showing different hairstyles hang inside a barber shop in Pyongyang.A 2013 calendar, showing a picture of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, hangs inside a hair salon in Pyongyang.A North Korean portrait photographer instructs soldiers to pose for a picture under a mosaic of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at an exhibition in Pyongyang on Feb. 17, where Kimjongilia flowers, named after Kim Jong Il, were on display.A North Korean woman, with a fake Kalashnikov rifle used in a theatrical performance, stands in front of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre waiting for a ride.Soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country's Unha Rocket as they enter an exhibition in Pyongyang.A musical performance is held in Pyongyang with the words Let's strike the imperialists mercilessly with the same success we had carrying out the 3rd nuclear test projected on a screen.Soldiers gather along a Pyongyang street during heavy snowfall.Female North Korean traffic officers gather in Pyongyang near bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to commemorate what would have been the 71st birthday of Kim Jong Il, who died Dec. 17, 2011.Children play with the camera of an Associated Press photographer as people gather in front of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Feb. 16.Soldiers lay flowers at the base of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.Offerings of flowers are lined up as North Koreans bow in front of bronze statues of their late leaders.Pedestrians pass under a bridge in Pyongyang on Feb. 15.Cameramen use an elevated boom camera, left, and a older film camera to cover the opening ceremony of a figure skating exhibition in Pyongyang.North Koreans watch the opening ceremonies of a figure skating exhibition in Pyongyang. Hanging in the arena is a banner with the word Peace in English and Korean.Synchronized swimmers perform at an exhibition in Pyongyang. The exhibition was one of the events commemorating what would have been Kim Jong Il's 71st birthday.North Koreans leave an ice skating rink after a figure skating exhibition.A poster showing a model of North Korea's Unha-3 Rocket hangs in the lobby of a hotel in Pyongyang in Feb. North Korea is upgrading one of its two major missile launch sites, apparently to handle much larger rockets.North Koreans stand before a roadside mosaic of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to pay their respects to the dead leaders. Kim Jong Il died in 2011, Kim Il Sung in 1994.

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  • This is an overview of the second day of the 5th Conference32 of 466
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  • Children play as others gather on Kim Il Sung Square35 of 466
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  • This is a North Korean military guard outpost seen63 of 466
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  • Participants described as 'working people, youth, and72 of 466
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  • A football match is played on a pitch between buildings93 of 466
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  • Korean People's Army soldiers applaud as they watch108 of 466
  • People fill the square of the main railway station109 of 466
  • This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central110 of 466
  • Cashiers work at the Potonggang department store in111 of 466
  • Staff at the Potonggang department store stock shelves112 of 466
  • People wave banners and shout slogans as they attend113 of 466
  • Pedestrians and vehicles pass before the portraits114 of 466
  • Awoman stands at the entrance to a supermarket in Pyongyang115 of 466
  • Steel worker Kang Chol-Su (38) poses for a portrait116 of 466
  • A hostess cooks clams using gasoline, at the West Sea117 of 466
  • A photo taken on July 22, 2017 shows beach-goers dancing118 of 466
  • Swimmers gather in a wave pool at a water park in a119 of 466
  • A group of men look towards the West Sea Barrage beach120 of 466
  • Workers repair a section of the 'West Sea Barrage'121 of 466
  • North Korean women push their cart and bicycles over122 of 466
  • A group of youths play tennis in a public square in123 of 466
  • North Korean men work on farm fields along the Pyongyang-Wonsan124 of 466
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  • Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers walk past portraits126 of 466
  • North Korean school girls stop at a kiosk selling flowers127 of 466
  • Soldiers gather in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang128 of 466
  • Soldiers watch fireworks in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang,129 of 466
  • The sky is overcast in Pyongyang July 17, 2017. The130 of 466
  • North Koreans ride in a crowded electric trolley, which131 of 466
  • Soldiers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) watch a132 of 466
  • A primary school student An Jae-Gwon (10) poses for133 of 466
  • A woman stops by a kiosk selling gifts and flowers134 of 466
  • Pedestrians walk along a residential area at dusk in135 of 466
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  • Staff members from a boat restaurant on the Taedong140 of 466
  • A Korean People's Army (KPA) soldier gestures as he141 of 466
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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at a photo session143 of 466
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  • A farmer transplants rice seedlings in a field in Pyongyang,145 of 466
  • Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman arrives146 of 466
  • People watch a screen showing news coverage of the147 of 466
  • People attend the 20th Pyongyang Spring International148 of 466
  • This undated picture released from North Korea's official149 of 466
  • People gather at a street-side newsstand in Pyongyang150 of 466
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  • Women soldiers march across Kim Il Sung Square during152 of 466
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  • Boys play on the sidewalk along Changjon Street lined155 of 466
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  • A woman is silhouetted against the sky as she exercises157 of 466
  • North Koreans sit at the back of a truck as it drives158 of 466
  • A man rides his bicycle along the Taedong River bank159 of 466
  • A traffic police woman hands over her LED wand used160 of 466
  • Women shelter from the rain under an umbrella in front161 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier uses his binoculars on the banks162 of 466
  • Schoolgirls attend a dance class at the Mangyongdae163 of 466
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  • A boy performs the zither at the Mangyondae School167 of 466
  • Students participate in a mass dance event to mark168 of 466
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  • The newly renovated Koryo hotel  main lobby in Pyongyang170 of 466
  • A North Korean traffic police officer is silhouetted171 of 466
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  • Boys jog at the end of a work day in Pyongyang on April173 of 466
  • People on the street in Pyongyang on April 10, 2017.174 of 466
  • Workers leave an assembly area after rehearsals for175 of 466
  • A woman walks along the highway from downtown Pyongyang176 of 466
  • Men walk and some push their bicycles along a highway177 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier looks at the south side while178 of 466
  • Kim Jong-Un visits a construction site  in Pyongyang,179 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier takes a photograph while two180 of 466
  • People ski at the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Wonsan,181 of 466
  • People watch news footage of a missile launch on a182 of 466
  • This undated picture released by North Korea's Korean183 of 466
  • Kim Jong-Un supervives the launching of four ballistic184 of 466
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  • A security guard stands in a courtyard of the Kim Jong-Suk186 of 466
  • Two women walk outside a dormitory of the Kim Jong-Suk187 of 466
  • A worker pushes a trolley carrying buckets of silk-worm188 of 466
  • People watch a fireworks display as they visit an ice189 of 466
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  • A woman dressed in a traditional gown pays her respects191 of 466
  • Children with offerings walk toward statues of late192 of 466
  • Residents sip hot tea at stalls set up as part of celebrations193 of 466
  • Performers take part in a mass dance event on the occasion194 of 466
  • Men transport gas cylinders in Pyongyang,  Feb. 13,195 of 466
  • Two elderly men crouch on a smoke break in Pyongyang,196 of 466
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  • A boy runs with the national flag along the Pyongyang-Wonsan198 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the newly built199 of 466
  • Children of the workers at the Suk Silk Mill  sing200 of 466
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  •  Kim Jong-Un posing with the school students while203 of 466
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  • North Korean honor guards watch as Choe Ryong Hae,208 of 466
  • Kim Jong-Un at Fishery Station No. 15 of the Korean209 of 466
  •  Baek Hyun-kyung is a tour guide  at the Three Charters210 of 466
  • A member of North Korea's under-20 women's football211 of 466
  • Kim Jong-Un at the Wonsan Shoes Factory in Kangwon212 of 466
  • Korean People's Army (KPA) lieutenant and tour guide213 of 466
  • Sailor Kim Il-Soo poses for a photo on a boat used214 of 466
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  • Azalea, whose Korean name is Dalle, a 19-year-old219 of 466
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  • North Korean female MiG-21 fighter pilots Rim Sol,223 of 466
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  • Residents look up at a big screen TV in front of Pyongyang225 of 466
  • This is a national meeting to celebrate the 68th founding226 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un  while inspecting the227 of 466
  • A North Korean man gulps down a glass of draft beer228 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Chollima229 of 466
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  • North Korean soldiers peep into a conference room in231 of 466
  • Military personnel stand during a rally at Kim Il Sung232 of 466
  • A missile is fired during a drill by Hwasong artillery233 of 466
  • Fairground participants ride a big swing in Pyongyang234 of 466
  • Performers meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at235 of 466
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  • A metro employee on board the newest cars at the Puhung243 of 466
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  • Kim Jong Un, left, Supreme Commander of the Korean245 of 466
  • A rocket is displayed during the Immortal Flower Festival246 of 466
  • Young women participate in a rehearsal ahead of the247 of 466
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  • A large mosaic representing Kim Il-Sung, left, and256 of 466
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  • A shipbuilder works at the Hongwon Shipyard in Hongwon258 of 466
  • Newly manufactured shoes are seen at Wonsan Shoes Factory259 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier walks past a truck  near goods260 of 466
  • North Koreans load goods on a dockyard with a Chinese261 of 466
  • This undated photo released by North Korea's official262 of 466
  •  Kim Jong-Un inspecting the test of a new-type anti-air263 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting the Plant264 of 466
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  • Korean People's Army Lt. Col. Nam Dong Ho is silhouetted267 of 466
  • The North Korea's women soccer team fills up custom268 of 466
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  • People ride in a boat in the Yalu River near Dandong,278 of 466
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  • People and a truck embark a boat on the Yalu River284 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers on the banks of the Yalu River285 of 466
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  • North Koreans clap in a rally, after North Korea said290 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier looks across the border with291 of 466
  • North Korean veterans gather before the start of a292 of 466
  • A barbed wire fence at a military check point near293 of 466
  • North Korea's  leader Kim Jong-un  watches a military294 of 466
  • North Koreans watch a news broadcast on a video screen295 of 466
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  • Hyeon Soo Lim who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian297 of 466
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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un accompanied by commanding300 of 466
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  • This picture released from North Korea's official Korean302 of 466
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  • In this Aug. 16, 2015 photo, people queue up at kiosk311 of 466
  • A newlywed couple pose, during a photo shoot on Sijung312 of 466
  • People dance during the celebration of the Liberation313 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers watch as fireworks explode, Monday,314 of 466
  • North Koreans bow in front of bronze statues of the315 of 466
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  • In this Saturday, June 27, 2015, photo, an Air Koryo317 of 466
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  • In this June 24, 2015, photo, a farmer stands in front319 of 466
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  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, inspecting322 of 466
  • North Korean workers plant seedlings in a field on323 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un enjoys his Dec. 1 visit324 of 466
  • A state photo from December 5 shows North Korean leader325 of 466
  • Soldiers and citizens rally at Kim Il Sung Square in326 of 466
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  • Kim Jong-Un applauds the participants in the second330 of 466
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  • People enjoy a ride at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park on Sept. 3 in Pyongyang.333 of 466
  • People shoot targets at an arcade at the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park.334 of 466
  • North Koreans enjoy an amusement park ride.335 of 466
  • Women wait for customers at a makeshift photo service stand.336 of 466
  • North Koreans scream on the free-fall ride.337 of 466
  • A portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un posing with judo gold medalist An Kum Ae decorates the wall at a local gymnasium on Sept. 2 in Pyongyang.338 of 466
  • North Korean athletes practice on a trampoline.339 of 466
  • A North Korean subway station staff member waits for the arrival of a train on Sept. 1 in Pyongyang.340 of 466
  • A boy arm wrestles with former NFL player Bob The Beast Sapp during a wrestling goodwill tour on Aug. 29 in Pyongyang.341 of 466
  • Kim Jong-Un attends the test firing of a new high-performance tactical rocket on Aug. 15.342 of 466
  • People bow to portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung on Dec. 17 in Pyongyang. It is the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.343 of 466
  • North Koreans visit Mansu Hill to pay their respects to former leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.344 of 466
  • Soldiers prepare to place flowers at the statues of North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill.345 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, presides over an event to marking the second anniversary of the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang.346 of 466
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends an event in Pyongyang.347 of 466
  • Military officials applaud during an event marking the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.348 of 466
  • People bow at the statues of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill.349 of 466
  • People place flower bouquets before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il on Mansu Hill.350 of 466
  • Women sweep around the statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sun, left, and Jong Il on the eve of the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 16 in Pyongyang.351 of 466
  • North Koreans lay flowers at the base of statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.352 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers gather at Kumsusan memorial palace as they stage a rally supporting their leader, Kim Jong Un, in Pyongyang.353 of 466
  • Soldiers march during a rally at the Kumsusan memorial palace.354 of 466
  • Jang Song-thaek is escorted in court on Dec. 12. The uncle of leader Kim Jong Un was executed after a shocking purge, with the state branding the once-powerful man a traitor.355 of 466
  • A man watches a television news program showing the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Jang Son Thaek, at his trial at a railway station in Seoul.356 of 466
  • Military vehicles parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice on July 27 in Pyongyang, North Korea.357 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier salutes from a tank during a military parade at Kim Il-Sung Square.358 of 466
  • Veterans of the Korean War wave to their leader, Kim Jong Un, during a military parade.359 of 466
  • People wave flags as walk with statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il.360 of 466
  • People carry the North Korean national flags.361 of 466
  • North Korean tanks parade through Kim Il-Sung Square.362 of 466
  • Ugandan Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand, left, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greet spectators.363 of 466
  • North Korean air force troops march in the parade.364 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier salutes from his tank.365 of 466
  • Soldiers march through Kim Il Sung Square.366 of 466
  • A unit of women soldiers march in formation.367 of 466
  • People wave flowers during the parade.368 of 466
  • People carry a portrait of former leader Kim Jong-Il.369 of 466
  • Dancers parade through Kim Il Sung Sqaure.370 of 466
  • Thousands of people hold up colored squares as they create a giant North Korean flag as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice during a performance at the Rungnado May Day Stadium on July 26 in Pyongyang.371 of 466
  • People hold colored material as they watch for their cue during a performance. One hundred thousand people created a synchronized socialist-realist performance in a 90 minute display of gymnastics, dance and acrobatics.372 of 466
  • Dancers perform in Pyongyang.373 of 466
  • Performers present a program on the field of the Rungnado May Day Stadium.374 of 466
  • Noth Korean army veterans watch the program.375 of 466
  • Fireworks explode above the Pyongyaang skyline.376 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers walk along a road in front of the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone on July 22.377 of 466
  • North Korean pedestrians and bicyclists pass by a billboard for Pyeonghwa Motors, North Korea's car manufacturer, on a highway on the outskirts of Pyongyang.378 of 466
  • North Koreans stand to applaud during the opening night of the Arirang mass games performance at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on July 22. This year's performance was timed to debut for the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.379 of 466
  • At dusk, the setting sunlight is reflected on the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea, on July 21.380 of 466
  • North Koreans clean a street after a heavy rainfall in Kaesong, North Korea.381 of 466
  • Thousands of North Koreans turn colored cards to create an image of the Unha-3 rocket that North Korea successfully launched in December 2012 during the Arirang mass games.382 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier sits inside a room in Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).383 of 466
  • North Koreans ride bicycles in the rain along the Taedong River bank in Pyongyang, North Korea.384 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers walk on a highway near the North Korean city of Kaesong.385 of 466
  • North Korean nurses sing and play the accordion while children dance during an event to start a campaign to give vitamin A supplements and deworming pills to children at a nursery school in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Child Health Day, May 20. UNICEF and North Korean government agencies are collaborating in the campaign to assist 1.7 million children across the country under age 5.386 of 466
  • North Korean nurses give vitamin A supplements and deworming pills to children dressed in their best outfits at an elite nursery school in Pyongyang, North Korea.387 of 466
  • North Koreans pass by the outer wall of a construction site where a propaganda billboard depicts the launch of North Korean rockets in Pyongyang, North Korea. The billboard reads: Let's open up an era to a strong economic country.388 of 466
  • North Koreans play a board game inside a sauna at the Haedanghwa Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 19. The newly opened complex houses a cooking school, multiple banquet rooms, swimming and wading pools, a billiards room and other spa and recreational facilities.389 of 466
  • North Korean swimmers enter a waterfall wading pool inside the Haedanghwa Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.390 of 466
  • Wearing gym-provided workout clothing, North Koreans rest near the gym at the Haedanghwa Health Complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.391 of 466
  • Portraits of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il hang on the outside of a building in central Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 18.392 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers and civilians pose for photos April 25 as they tour the grounds of Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum in Pyongyang where the bodies of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed. Last month, North Korea marked the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2 million troops.393 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers tour the park surrounding Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.394 of 466
  • North Korean army Col. Kim Chang Jun stands behind field binoculars on a hilltop overlooking the Demilitarized Zone, south of Kaesong, North Korea, on April 24.395 of 466
  • A boy walks along a path in front of a village south of Kaesong, North Korea.396 of 466
  • A North Korean boy rides in a bicycle basket on a road north of Kaesong, North Korea.397 of 466
  • A North Korean boy on rollerblades is pulled by a woman on a bicycle on a road south of Kaesong, North Korea and north of the demilitarized zone which separates the two Koreas.398 of 466
  • A North Korean man checks his bicycle next to a propaganda billboard in Kaesong, North Korea.399 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers ride in the top of a military truck on a road in Kaesong, North Korea. For weeks, North Korea has threatened to attack the U.S. and South Korea for holding joint military drills and for supporting U.N. sanctions. Washington and Seoul officials said they've seen no evidence that Pyongyang is actually preparing for a major conflict, though South Korean defense officials said the North appears prepared to test-fire a medium-range missile.400 of 466
  • North Korean farmers work in a field inside the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom, North Korea.401 of 466
  • A North Korean traffic policeman stands at an intersection in Kaesong, North Korea on April 23.402 of 466
  • North Koreans walk bicycles along a street in Kaesong, North Korea.403 of 466
  • North Korean children walk in front of an apartment block in Kaesong, North Korea.404 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers stand on steps overlooking the border village of Panmunjom, North Korea.405 of 466
  • A painting, depicting North Korean soldiers ambushing and killing U.S. troops hangs on a gallery wall at an art exhibition Friday in Pyongyang.406 of 466
  • A North Korean boy practices his lines -- Our country is the greatest in the world -- as he is filmed by a local television crew at an exhibition of traditional calligraphy in Pyongyang.407 of 466
  • North Korean children perform in front of an image of weapons and bayonetsat Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang.408 of 466
  • Children practice a musical performance at Mangyongdae Children's Palace.409 of 466
  • A guide stands in a waiting room at Mangyongdae Children's Palace in Pyongyang. Portraits in the background show North Korea's late leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il.410 of 466
  • Children work at easels during a drawing class at Mangyongdae Children's Palace.411 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier plows a field on the outskirts of Pyongyang.412 of 466
  • North Koreans walk along a sidewalk in Pyongyang.413 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier walks through a parking lot as workers paint a building block across the street in Pyongyang.414 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier guarding the entrance to Pyongyang's Kumsusan mausoleum, where the bodies of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie embalmed, looks back through the doors of the main gate Monday, April 15, 2013. North Koreans turned out on Monday to mark the 101st birthday of Kim Il Sung.415 of 466
  • A North Korean man misses the turn and loses control of his go cart on a track at the Fun Fair in Pyongyang on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.416 of 466
  • A North Korean child covers the eyes of her father as she sits on his shoulders watching mass folk dancing in front of Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.417 of 466
  • North Korean commuters ride on a city trolley bus in Pyongyang.418 of 466
  • Marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang on Sunday, April 14, 2013. North Korea hosted the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the April 15, 2013 birthday of the late leader Kim Il Sung.419 of 466
  • A North Korean woman walks past the outer wall of a construction site where a propaganda billboard depicting the launch of North Korean rockets in Pyongyang, North Korea. The billboard reads: Lets open up an era to a strong economic country.420 of 466
  • North Korean children hold up red scarves to be tied around their necks during an induction ceremony into the Korean Children's Union, the first political organization for North Koreans, held at a stadium in Pyongyang on Friday, April 12, 2013.421 of 466
  • North Koreans dance together beneath a mosaic painting of the late leader Kim Il Sung during a mass folk dancing gathering in Pyongyang Thursday, April 11, 2013, to mark the anniversary of the first of many titles of power given to leader Kim Jong Un after the death of his father Kim Jong Il.422 of 466
  • A North Korean man pushes a bicycle up a hill on the outskirts of Pyongyang.423 of 466
  • North Korean man drives a small tractor in central Pyongyang, North Korea.424 of 466
  • North Korean pedestrians walk on a sidewalk past a large nationalist painting in Pyongyang, North Korea.425 of 466
  • North Korean children carrying brooms walk on a sidewalk in Pyongyang on their way to help tidy up the area around bronze statues of the late leaders as the capital city prepares to mark the April 15 birthday of its founder Kim Il Sung.426 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier passes by roadside propaganda depicting a North Korean soldier killing a U.S. soldier in Pyongyang. The poster reads in Korean Life or Death Battle. Merciless Punishment to U.S. Imperialists and Puppet Traitors.427 of 466
  • An apartment block stands among the buildings at dawn in central Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, April 10, 2013.428 of 466
  • Reflected in the airport building glass, passengers disembark from North Korea's Air Koryo flight as they arrive at the Pyongyang International airport on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.429 of 466
  • North Korean soldiers march through Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on March 16.430 of 466
  • Two North Korean boys hop a ride on the back of a city tram March 14 to cross a bridge in Pyongyang.431 of 466
  • North Koreans select apples and oranges, imported from China, at a supermarket in Pyongyang on March 13.432 of 466
  • A North Korean soldier works at a computer terminal under portraits of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il inside the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang on March 12.433 of 466
  • A bus is covered in camouflage netting in a parking lot of a building in Pyongyang on March 9.434 of 466
  • A children's pop-up book, displayed by a teacher March 9 at at Kaeson Kindergarten in Pyongyang, depicts a U.S. soldier killing a Korean woman with a hatchet. For North Koreans, the systematic indoctrination of anti-Americanism starts as early as kindergarten.435 of 466
  • A North Korean girl readies a toy gun that fires rubber corks as she and others play a shooting game at a carnival March 8 at a park in Pyongyang.436 of 466
  • A Mercedes rides along a street in central Pyongyang.  The U.N. Security Council responded swiftly to North Korea's Feb. 12 nuclear test by punishing the reclusive regime Thursday with new sanctions that target the communist nation's economy and leadership. Pyongyang responded with the threat of a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the United States.437 of 466
  • An image depicting a female North Korean soldier leading an attack is projected on a screen behind performers during a concert in Pyongyang marking International Women's Day. The text at the top of the screen reads, We are the General's female coastal artillery troops.438 of 466
  • North Koreans rally March 7 at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang in support of a government statement Tuesday that vowed to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War. The statement also  boasted of North Korea's ownership of lighter and smaller nukes and its ability to execute surgical strikes  meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula.439 of 466
  • North Koreans carry bundles on their backs as they cross a frozen lake north of the capital city of Pyongyang on Feb. 24.440 of 466
  • A North Korean woman sings karaoke at the Hyangsan Hotel at the foot of Mount Myohyang on Feb. 23.441 of 466
  • North Koreans cross a railroad bridge over a riverbed south of Mount Myohyang, and north of the capital city of Pyongyang.442 of 466
  • A North Korean traffic officer patrols a street Feb. 22 in central Pyongyang.443 of 466
  • A nurse looks out of a window at a neighborhood health clinic in Pyongyang.444 of 466
  • A North Korean man stands next to a tractor and wagon on the edge of a snow-covered field near the village of Ryongsan-ri, south of Pyongyang.445 of 466
  • Pedestrians walk along a street Feb. 21 in central Pyongyang.446 of 466
  • A nurse comforts a baby at a nursery inside Pyongyang Maternity Hospital on Feb. 20.447 of 466
  • Well-wishers wave flower bouquets as buses carrying North Korean nuclear scientists and other officials pass by in Pyongyang. Scientists and other officials involved in the North's underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 arrived in the capital city Feb. 20 to a celebration.448 of 466
  • Photos showing different hairstyles hang inside a barber shop in Pyongyang.449 of 466
  • A 2013 calendar, showing a picture of North Korea's Unha-3 rocket, hangs inside a hair salon in Pyongyang.450 of 466
  • A North Korean portrait photographer instructs soldiers to pose for a picture under a mosaic of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at an exhibition in Pyongyang on Feb. 17, where Kimjongilia flowers, named after Kim Jong Il, were on display.451 of 466
  • A North Korean woman, with a fake Kalashnikov rifle used in a theatrical performance, stands in front of the Pyongyang Grand Theatre waiting for a ride.452 of 466
  • Soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country's Unha Rocket as they enter an exhibition in Pyongyang.453 of 466
  • A musical performance is held in Pyongyang with the words Let's strike the imperialists mercilessly with the same success we had carrying out the 3rd nuclear test projected on a screen.454 of 466
  • Soldiers gather along a Pyongyang street during heavy snowfall.455 of 466
  • Female North Korean traffic officers gather in Pyongyang near bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to commemorate what would have been the 71st birthday of Kim Jong Il, who died Dec. 17, 2011.456 of 466
  • Children play with the camera of an Associated Press photographer as people gather in front of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang on Feb. 16.457 of 466
  • Soldiers lay flowers at the base of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.458 of 466
  • Offerings of flowers are lined up as North Koreans bow in front of bronze statues of their late leaders.459 of 466
  • Pedestrians pass under a bridge in Pyongyang on Feb. 15.460 of 466
  • Cameramen use an elevated boom camera, left, and a older film camera to cover the opening ceremony of a figure skating exhibition in Pyongyang.461 of 466
  • North Koreans watch the opening ceremonies of a figure skating exhibition in Pyongyang. Hanging in the arena is a banner with the word Peace in English and Korean.462 of 466
  • Synchronized swimmers perform at an exhibition in Pyongyang. The exhibition was one of the events commemorating what would have been Kim Jong Il's 71st birthday.463 of 466
  • North Koreans leave an ice skating rink after a figure skating exhibition.464 of 466
  • A poster showing a model of North Korea's Unha-3 Rocket hangs in the lobby of a hotel in Pyongyang in Feb. North Korea is upgrading one of its two major missile launch sites, apparently to handle much larger rockets.465 of 466
  • North Koreans stand before a roadside mosaic of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to pay their respects to the dead leaders. Kim Jong Il died in 2011, Kim Il Sung in 1994.466 of 466

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over its nuclear weapons program. For the moment, talking makes that war seem less likely. 

Should talks fail, war gets sparked, and North Korea launches a conventional or nuclear strike on the United States or its allies, massive casualties are assured.

The U.S. military and South Korean allies have more sophisticated weaponry, including stealthy warplanes, than North Korea and would be expected to destroy Kim’s forces in time. But the toll on civilians, including the 200,000 U.S. citizens in South Korea, would be shocking, according to Pentagon estimates. The loss of life for U.S. troops would likely be worse than 33,000 who perished in the Korean War.

There are about 28,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, and more would be deployed to the peninsula in the event of war.

Advances in medical treatment, including stopping blood loss and swift evacuation to sophisticated care, have meant American troops are much more likely to survive wounds than their predecessors, Tanisha Fazal, an associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, said in an email.

Helicopters with trained medical crews have swooped in over the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and generally ferried the wounded to hospitals within the “golden hour,” the Pentagon’s goal for swift care.

“But U.S. air superiority has not been challenged in these theaters, thus enabling air evacuation, Fazal said. “This would likely not be the case in a new Korean War. In particular, North Korean artillery could pose a significant challenge to U.S. air evacuation.”

The willingness of North Korea to use chemical and biological weapons, requiring U.S. troops to use cumbersome protective gear, raises the risks, Fazal said.

“Another major concern were a new conflict to break out on the Korean Peninsula would be how to deal with possible chemical or nuclear weapon attacks on U.S. military personnel,” Fazal said.

In 2003, U.S. troops prepared for the use of chemical weapons by Saddam Hussein before the invasion of Iraq. Ultimately, an unexpected hazard, homemade bombs known as improvised explosive devices, became the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops, showing that predicting how war will unfold is difficult if not impossible.

 

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