Korea: August 30, 2005

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In the last 18 months, there has been a noticeable decline in hostile incidents instigated by North Korean troops along the DMZ, and at sea. Part of this is North Korean attempts at diplomacy, but American military officials believe poverty also plays a role. Despite diverting about a third of their GDP to the military, that's not enough to keep a 1.2 million man force going, much less up-to-date. 

 

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