I read about this missile, and it seems to me North Korea is just making more threats and demands in order to start a war. That way, it puts NK's opposing forces across as the bad guys. Until then, no missiles will be fired on either side.
I've done a lot of research into whether China would back North Korea, and I can safely conclude that it wouldn't. For one thing, China has North Korea on a pretty tight leash - it supplies its oil at below-market prices, and it has a very big influence on the countries decisions. China does not want to go to war with the U.S.A either, because their exports to the US practically keep the country running. There's no way China could finance a war without U.S money from exports. Plus the fact that China condemns North Korea's nuclear tests, saying that they are a threat and China will always play a "constructive role", meaning that no wars will be started.
I think Japan is becoming a lot like the western world in its policies and way of running the country. Japan isn't exactly very friendly with North Korea right now due to multiple missile tests into the Japanese sea. Plus the fact that North Korea has refused to pay certain things to Japan, which it still owes, and Japan spends US$50 billion for military expenditure, whereas NK only spends US$5.5 billion. South Korea will not help because it desperately wishes for peace between the two nations, but if North Korea becomes even more tyrannous and begins an invasion the South will fight back.
Unfortunately I think the USA would be alone in this war. The UN would certainly get involved, as would NATO, but they would merely get politically involved, not go over there and sort them out physically. China would demand peace and negotiation on both sides, and Britain will not get involved in any sense apart from politically, it's such a far away war to begin with, and due to it's current economic climate. The War on Terror is really thinning troops out too, nevermind sending them to North Korea - Iraq and Afghanistan are still being dealt with.
China is North Korea's ally, but as I explained it's like a father-son relationship. NK depends upon China to tell it what to do in many ways, and China has the power to stop it doing certain things if it really wants to.
· 1 decade ago