|Part of Korean Conflict, World War III|
| United States|
| North Korea
The Korean Front involved the 2016 full-scale ground invasion of South Korea by Russian-backed North Korean military forces during World War III.
Invasion of South Korea
Upon the outbreak of war between Russia and NATO, North Korea entered into a de facto alliance with the Russian Federation against a common foe and began a full mobilization of the Korean People's Army (KPA). On January 10, 2016, North Korea launched a full-scale attack on South Korea. Heavy artillery and ground-to-ground missiles rained down on ROK fortifications along the southern side of the DMZ. The Korean People's Army Special Operation Force (NKSOF) attacked key military and civilian targets throughout South Korea. A number of ROK government officials and military general officers were assassinated.
The Joint Security Area within the Demilitarized Zone was rapidly transformed into a battleground as the ROK garrison was attacked by KPA and NKSOF forces. The fight was over in ten minutes with a decisive North Korean victory. All surviving ROK, USFK, and UNC personnel in the now former "Truce Village" were summarily executed.
Less then an hour after the initial attacks had begun, North Korean armored units crossed the DMZ into South Korea. ROK defenses were overrun in less then 24 hours and KPA forces began their push south towards Seoul. The Eighth United States Army was moving as quickly as possible to fortify Seoul as well as stage hit-and-run attacks to delay the KPA advance towards the capital.
Battle of Seoul
By the end of the first week of February, Seoul was rapidly transformed into a major urban battlefield as North Korean troops poured into the city and US/ROK forces fought back. The Battle of Seoul continued for the remainder of February and roughly two weeks into March. Despite numerical superiority of the Korean People's Army, their advancements into the South Korean capital had stalled thanks to the technological might of the Republic of Korean military and the U.S. Eighth Army. As the KPA was beginning to lose ground in Seoul, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was becoming increasingly desperate and ordered all surviving artillery and missile batteries to commence full-scale bombardment of Seoul. Despite these attacks, US/ROK combined forces won the Battle of Seoul and Allied air forces took out most remaining KPA artillery and missile batteries.
The conflict worsened on March 17th when the North Korean Strategic Rocket Forces launched several ballistic missiles believed to be armed with nuclear warheads. Most of the missiles were intercepted by America's THAAD anti-ballistic missile system. Unfortunately one nuclear-armed missile made it through and detonated over advancing US/ROK troops with an estimated yield of 10 kilotons and the death toll estimated between 20,000-30,000.
Outrage to North Korea's nuclear attack on Allied troops is immediate and enormous. Many in the United States and South Korea call for the complete and total annihilation of North Korea. President Obama had considered a nuclear retaliatory response against Kim Jong-un's regime, but was concerned that doing so would almost certainly result in further escalation of the ongoing conflict with Russia. Instead the President ordered B-2 stealth bombers to begin a conventional carpet bombing campaign of Pyongyang.
On March 20th, just three days after the nuclear attack on US/ROK forces, the Kim Dynasty came to an abrupt end as a result of a coup sponsored by the People's Republic of China. Simultaneously, the newly reorganized People's Volunteer Army crossed the Yalu River into North Korea and advanced south towards Pyongyang. North Korea's new leader ordered the immediate withdrawal of all surviving KPA forces south of the 38th Parallel and not to interfere with Chinese forces operating within the country.
A new armistice was negotiated between North and South Korea by March 27th with status quo ante bellum maintained. In a gesture of good faith, the new North Korean government extradited Kim Jong-un to South Korea to be tried as a war criminal. The Chinese People's Volunteer Army relieved the Korean People's Army of most duties including patrolling the Demilitarized Zone. Chinese President Xi Jinging made clear to both the Americans and Russians that they desired no further part in the ongoing global conflict and warned both sides against any encroachment into sovereign Chinese territory.