North Korea

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North Korea was founded in the wake of the Second World War when the victorious Allies divided the Japanese-occupied Korean peninsula into zones administered by the United States and Soviet Union respectively. Under Soviet sponsorship, the North formed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948 under the communist Korean Worker’s Party and its leader, Kim Il-sung. Following South Korea’s declaration of independence in 1950, the North invaded the South, hoping to reunify the peninsula under communist rule. After three years of heavy fighting – with U.S. and U.N. forces intervening on behalf of the South and Chinese forces for the North – the warring parties signed an armistice dividing the peninsula again along the 38th parallel. This contested border, known as the Demilitarize Zone (DMZ), has been the site of sporadic incidents for decades and remains heavily garrisoned on either side. Tensions on the peninsula have been compounded by the North’s development of nuclear weapons and its increasingly capable ballistic missile arsenal. Despite international scrutiny and crippling sanctions, the DPRK tested its first nuclear weapon in 2006. Following a military-first ideology known as songun, the impoverished nation continues to dedicate significant resources towards its military and remains a major proliferator of illicit arms to rogue states such as Iran and Syria.

  • Military EXHD
    23.8% of GDP
  • Fit for Service
    13,500,000
  • GDP
    $40 Billion
  • Population
    24,983,205
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North Korea’s Kim Says Close to Test Launch of ICBM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Sunday that the isolated, nuclear-capable country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). North Korea tested ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate during 2016, although some experts have said it is years away from developing an ICBM fitted with a nuclear warhead capable of reaching […]

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North Korea Conducts Fifth Nuclear Test, Claims It Has Made Warheads with ‘Higher Strike Power’

North Korea defiantly celebrated its fifth nuclear test Friday, claiming that it can now make warheads small enough to fit onto a missile and warning its “enemies” — specifically the United States — that it has the ability to counter any attack. Although the North’s proclaimed advancements could not be verified — and Pyongyang has […]

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Analysts: North Korea to Build New Ballistic Missile Submarine

North Korea could soon develop a new submarine that will incorporate ongoing ballistic missile advances being made and increasing the military’s capability to carry out a nuclear strike from the sea. Pyongyang’s recent successful submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test flew 500 kilometers before falling into the sea inside Japan’s air defense identification zone. It […]

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North Korea Debuts New Solid-Fuel Missile

North Korea on Sunday launched a new ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2. The launch represents not just a significant advancement for Pyongyang’s missile program, but the first foreign policy challenge for the Trump administration. North Korea-watchers had expected the regime to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the wake of its leader Kim Jong Un’s […]

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Mattis to Shore up Asian Allies on North Korea Threat

Secretary of Defense James Mattis will travel to South Korea and Japan on February 1-4. His visit, the first of any Trump official overseas, comes at an important time. North Korea recently threatened to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Meanwhile, the South Korea-Japan relationship has hit a rough patch, with South Korea protesting Japanese […]

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Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 12,271* (0)

Aircraft 1,369* (0)

Artillery 17,654* (0)

Ground Vehicles 6,739* (0)

Guided Munitions 26,867* (22*)

Personnel 8,890,000 (0)

Ships 752* (1*)