North Korea

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

Missile Submarine Joins US Naval ‘Armada’ in Korea

It may not be “far more powerful than the aircraft carrier” — as President Trump said in a recent interview, but a well-armed U.S. submarine has arrived in Korea. The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan pulled in to the South Korean port of Busan Tuesday for what the U.S. Navy called a “routine visit.” “During the visit sailors […]

U.S. Starts Deploying THAAD Antimissile System in South Korea, After North’s Tests

Alarmed over North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior, the United States said Tuesday that it had started to deploy an antimissile system in South Korea that China has angrily opposed as a threat to its security. The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad, came after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles […]

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 […]

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 […]

Category Name
QME

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 26,879* (34*)

Personnel 8,890,000 (0)

Ships 750* (1*)