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Military power of North Korea & Taiwan

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North Korea vs Taiwan

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Country: North Korea (KP) Taiwan (TW)
Capital: Pyongyang Taipei
Population: 25,549,604 23,568,378
Area: 120,540 km2 36,193 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 1.3 billion $ 13 billion $
Percent of GDP: 4.9% 2.3%

Military budget

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1,280,000 290,000
Reserve personnel: 600,000 2,800,000
Available for military: 6,515,279 5,883,828

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6,000 1,160
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4,000 1,714
Total artillery: 13,000 1,944
Self-propelled artillery: 4,500 440
Rocket artillery: 5,000 126

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 906 814
Fighter aircraft: 349 129
Multirole aircraf: 35 189
Attack aircraft: 154 0
Helicopters: 202 237
UCAV (combat drone): 0 0

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Navy

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Total naval: 525 96
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 4
Frigates: 6 22
Corvettes: 6 1
Submarines: 75 4

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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.

Taiwan

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.

Taiwan

Males 18-36 years of age may volunteer for military service or must complete 4 months of compulsory military training (or substitute civil service in some cases); women may enlist; women in Air Force service are restricted to noncombat roles; for men born before December 1993, compulsory service (military or civil) is 1 year; for 8 years after discharge, men are subject to training recall four times for periods not to exceed 20 days.