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Country: France (FR) North Korea (KP)
Capital: Paris Pyongyang
Population: 67 013 000 24 895 000
Area: 640 679 km2 120 540 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 55,7 billion $ 15 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2,3% 20,8%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 203 000 1 190 000
Reserve personnel: 68 000 600 000
Available for military: 14 563 662 6 515 279

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 6 000
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 352 4 000
Total artillery: 448 13 000
Self-propelled artillery: 330 4 500
Rocket artillery: 13 5 000

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1 076 906
Fighter aircraft: 38 349
Multirole aircraf: 150 35
Attack aircraft: 89 154
Helicopters: 512 202

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Navy

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Total naval: 109 525
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 10 0
Frigates: 11 6
Corvettes: 0 6
Submarines: 10 75

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Nuclear weapons

France

France managed to research and develop its own nuclear weapon in 1960. The test, known as, Gerboise Bleue, was the result of mostly French research. One of the main figures that played crucial role in the entire process of developing the bomb was General Pierre Marie Gallois. He was concerned that the Suez Crisis, which started in 1956, would show the world how insignificant France became, since out of all Great Powers in the world, they were the only one without possessing its own nuclear arsenal. The tests were conducted on the terrains of Sahara Desert.

At this moment France owns 300 nuclear warheads, out of which almost all are deployed. What is more, compared to Great Britain, they made more tests, approximately 210. Noteworthy is the fact that the development of the first nuclear bomb in France as well as its tests were a bit controversial. It was due to the fact that France allowed Israeli observers to attend the tests, providing them with almost unrestricted access to all the data. It was quite important, since Israel, together with United Kingdom and France, were trying to invade Egypt.

North Korea

Although at the beginning North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, they withdrew from it on January 2003. It was a consequence of the United States accusation. The USA government claimed that North Korea was unofficially funding a program of uranium enrichment. Because of that, they cancelled the 1994 Agreed Framework treaty and cut off the energy assistance. Two years after withdrawing, the officials from North Korea claimed that they own operational nuclear arsenal. In spite of North Koreans assurances, the United States did not believe that North Korea really posses such weapons. As a result, the government of North Korea decided to conduct tests.

There were three tests that North Korea initially conducted. The first one, with the yield of less than a kiloton, took place in 2006. However, to show that this was in fact a nuclear detonation, North Koreans conducted second and third tests, respectable in 2009 and 2013. The maximum power of the blast of the aforementioned tests can be estimated to be up to 40 kilotons. However, a lot of sources claim that yield did not surpass 10-15 kilotons. Noteworthy is also the fact that in 2016, North Korea announced that they have conducted their first hydrogen-bomb test.

Military service

France

18-25 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat post.

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.