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Country: North Korea (KP) Turkey (TR)
Capital: Pyongyang Ankara
Population: 24 895 000 79 814 871
Area: 120 540 km2 783 562 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 15 billion $ 18,2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 20,8% 2,2%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1 190 000 685 862
Reserve personnel: 600 000 407 122
Available for military: 6 515 279 21 079 077

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6 000 2 435
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 000 7 947
Total artillery: 13 000 2 546
Self-propelled artillery: 4 500 1 087
Rocket artillery: 5 000 462

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 906 1 351
Fighter aircraft: 349 49
Multirole aircraf: 35 245
Attack aircraft: 154 0
Helicopters: 202 606

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Navy

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Total naval: 525 145
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 6 16
Corvettes: 6 9
Submarines: 75 12

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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.

Turkey

Turkey participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

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.

Turkey

21-41 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 12 months conscript obligation for non-university graduates, 6-12 months for university graduates (graduates of higher education may perform 6 months of military service as short-term privates, or 12 months as reserve officers); conscripts are called to register at age 20, for service at 21; women serve in the Turkish Armed Forces only as officers; reserve obligation to age 41; Turkish citizens with a residence or work permit who have worked abroad for at least 3 years (1095 days) can be exempt from military service in exchange for 6,000 EUR or its equivalent in foreign currencies; a law passed in December 2014 introduced a one-time payment scheme which exempted Turkish citizens 27 and older from conscription in exchange for a payment of $8,150.