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Military power of Vietnam & North Korea

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Vietnam vs North Korea

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

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

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Manpower

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

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Land Forces

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

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Air Forces

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

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Navy

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Total naval: 173 525
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 7 6
Corvettes: 23 6
Submarines: 6 75

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Nuclear weapons

Vietnam

Does not have 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.

Military 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.

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.