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

Source: U.S. Gatling Guns Placed on North Korea Boats

North Korea is equipping its border patrol boats with U.S.-made Gatling guns, the Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday. Yonhap quoted unnamed military sources, who told the agency that North Korea has been replacing its aging weapons systems with the rotary gun. “If all the 380-something North Korean littoral combat boats are armed with the machine […]

South Korea Military: North Korea Fires 2 Suspected Midrange Missiles

In a remarkable show of persistence, North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected powerful new Musudan mid-range missiles, U.S. and South Korean military officials said, but at least one of the launches apparently failed, Pyongyang’s fifth such reported flop since April. Despite the repeated failures, the North’s determination in testing the Musudan worries Washington and […]

North Korea’s Military Buildup Isn’t Limited to Its Nukes

North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons technology has been well demonstrated so far this year, with January’s nuclear test and numerous launches of missiles designed to deliver such weapons. But even as Kim Jong Un’s regime presses ahead with its nuclear program, it is investing considerable resources in upgrading its conventional facilities, according to satellite […]

North Korea Shows Helicopter-Launched Anti-Tank Missile

North Korea revealed footage of a helicopter-launched anti-tank missile on Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central Television (KCTV) on Wednesday. The video is a compilation of footage from a variety of military events including inspections and tours by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as tests and demonstrations of weapon systems. The footage of the […]

North Korea Announces Third SLBM Launch

Photographs released by Pyongyang on 24 April suggest North Korea has a second submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that uses solid fuel and ‘cold launch’ technologies, in addition to the liquid-fuel Pukgeukseong-1 (Polaris-1) it has already revealed. The official Korean Central News Agency (KNCA) announced on 24 April that a test of a SLBM with a […]

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 […]

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 26,879* (34*)

Personnel 8,890,000 (0)

Ships 750* (1*)