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North Korea is a country located in Eastern Asia with an area of 120,540 km2 (land boundries: 1,607 km and costline 2,495 km). The capital of North Korea is Pyongyang. The number of inhabitants is 25,549,604.

The KPA is equipped with older weapon systems originally acquired from the former Soviet Union, Russia, and China, as well as some domestically-produced equipment. The North Korea produces a diverse array of military hardware like light armored vehicles, tanks, naval vessels and submarines, and advanced weapons systems, such as ballistic missiles. North Korea developing also nuclear weapons.

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Iraq is a country located in Middle East with an area of 437,072 km2 (land boundries: 3,809 km and costline 58 km). The capital of Iraq is Baghdad. The number of inhabitants is 38,433,600.

The Iraqi military inventory is comprised of a mix of equipment from a wide variety of sources, including Europe, South Africa, South Korea, Russia, and the US. Russia and the USA are the leading suppliers of military hardware to Iraq.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 2 billion $ 10 billion $
Percent of GDP: 5% 3.5%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 1,320,000 193,000
Reserve personnel: 600,000 553,000
Available for military: 6,515,279 11,700,000


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 6,000 848
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,000 5,284
Total artillery: 13,000 1,969
Self-propelled artillery: 4,500 283
Rocket artillery: 4,000 424


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 960 379
Fighter aircraft: 349 0
Multirole aircraft: 35 26
Attack aircraft: 188 32
Helicopters: 202 203
UCAV (combat drone): 0 14

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 13,175 (USA)


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Total naval: 967 68
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 2 0
Corvettes: 8 2
Submarines: 72 0

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

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.


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Military service

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


18-49 years of age for voluntary military service; no conscription.