North Korea comes off as the comedic villain in Team America. Exhibit A: this recent statement from North Korea.
In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes. (Source)
Don’t get me wrong, North Korea is a threat. It’s not a huge threat, but provided China didn’t interfere, the US military could sever the head of that snake rather easily.
The big question is and always will be, what will China do?
Personally, China needs to do this themselves. North Korea exists at the good graces of China. China prevented a North Korean loss during the Korean War, and has kept the regime from collapsing for decades. It really is China’s mess to clean up.