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Military power of North Korea & Vietnam

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Country: North Korea (KP) Vietnam (VN)
Capital: Pyongyang Hanoi
Population: 24 895 000 92 700 000
Area: 120 540 km2 332 698 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 15 billion $ 5 billion $
Percent of GDP: 20,8% 2,4%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 1 190 000 482 000
Reserve personnel: 600 000 3 000 000
Available for military: 6 515 279 30 000 000

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 6 000 1 509
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 000 2 380
Total artillery: 13 000 2 524
Self-propelled artillery: 4 500 280
Rocket artillery: 5 000 1 094

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 906 274
Fighter aircraft: 349 37
Multirole aircraf: 35 24
Attack aircraft: 154 36
Helicopters: 202 145

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Navy

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Total naval: 525 173
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 6 7
Corvettes: 6 23
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.

Vietnam

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.

Vietnam

18-25 years of age for male compulsory and voluntary military service; females may volunteer for active duty military service; conscription typically takes place twice annually and service obligation is 18 months (Army, Air Defense), 2 years (Navy and Air Force); 18-45 years of age (male) or 18-40 years of age (female) for Militia Force or Self Defense Force service; males may enroll in military schools at age 17.