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North Korea's military: A nation built for war

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North Korea launched a long-range missile on Feb. 7, 2016, an action that was condemned by many countries including the U.S. and Japan. While the nation claimed that it was done to put a satellite into orbit, other countries viewed the launch as a potential ballistic missile test. Earlier in January, North Korea released a statement announcing it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test. In light of these developments, we take a look at the nation’s military by numbers.

All military figures quoted have been sourced from The Military Balance 2015, published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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