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

China Assists North Korea with New 300mm Rocket Artillery System

China has apparently contributed significant technology to North Korea’s new 300 mm guided multiple rocket launcher (MRL). Following China’s late 2011 supply of six 16-wheel transporter erector launchers (TELs), North Korea’s new 300 mm MRL, which was first revealed during Pyongyang’s 10 October 2015 military parade, further illustrates the challenge in getting Beijing to comply […]

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 […]

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*)