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North Korea vs Australia

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Country: North Korea (KP) Australia (AU)
Capital: Pyongyang Canberra
Population: 25,549,604 25,807,800
Area: 120,540 km2 7,692,024 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 1.3 billion $ 34 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4.9% 2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1,280,000 59,095
Reserve personnel: 600,000 28,878
Available for military: 6,515,279 5,316,464

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6,000 59
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,000 1,796
Total artillery: 13,000 235
Self-propelled artillery: 4,500 0
Rocket artillery: 5,000 0

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 906 433
Fighter aircraft: 349 0
Multirole aircraf: 35 133
Attack aircraft: 154 0
Helicopters: 202 130
UCAV (combat drone): 0 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 525 45
Aircraftcarriers: 0 2
Destroyers: 0 3
Frigates: 6 8
Corvettes: 6 0
Submarines: 75 6

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Nuclear weapons

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.

Australia

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

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.

Australia

17 years of age for voluntary military service (with parental consent); no conscription; women allowed to serve in most combat roles, except the Army special forces.