Chinese made military vehicles carry missiles with characters reading "Pukkuksong" during a military parade CREDIT: REUTERS
News.com.au: How the hell has North Korea managed to build a massive military stockpile?
FROM the outside North Korea looks like an impoverished state cut off from the rest of the world.
But during its weekend procession, the isolated regime managed to put on an impressive display of its rockets and military strength, in defiance of growing American warnings about its military capability.
While many have the impression of North Korea being a poor country that can’t feed its own people, Leonid Petrov told news.com.au that it had large stockpiles of natural resources that it used to fund its weapons research.
“North Korea is a mountainous country that has huge natural resources including deposits of high quality coal, gold, silver, uranium, iron ore and rare earth metals,” said Dr Petrov, a visiting fellow at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific.
He said North Korea had exported its minerals to allies such as China and the Soviet Union for decades until the collapse of the communist bloc.
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WNU Editor: North Korea's has business ties with scores of countries .... and this in turn has helped North Korea to gain the monies and resources necessary to build up its military and necessary stockpiles. Case in point .... Beijing forced to defend trade with North Korea after Chinese-made truck used to showcase missiles (The Telegraph).