North Korean Artillery and the Concept of “Flattening Seoul” – a Breakdown

by Rei – You hear it often: if war in Korea were to break out, Seoul would be flattened. Not because of a nuclear strike, but because of North Korean artillery.  North Korea is estimated to have (depending on the analysis and definitions) 8600-12000 artillery pieces, dug in and defended against a first strike. At one round per minute, they could fire at least five hundred thousand rounds per hour, quickly reducing Seoul to a heap of rubble. Is this actually the case?  Let’s break it down. First off, can North Korea actually hit Seoul? Image: GlobalSecurity The above map shows the range of various types of North Korean artillery fired from the closest point on the DMZ. It quickly becomes clear that the vast majority of them aren’t actually in range of Seoul. Only the M-1978 (since modified to the M-1989) actually is. This is a large, rather unwieldy system...

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