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Trend of North Korean Defense Science & Technology Policy in Kim Jong-un era and Its Changing Features 상세보기 화면
TITLE Trend of North Korean Defense Science & Technology Policy in Kim Jong-un era and Its Changing Features
AUTHOR SHIN SEUNG KI
ISSUE Issue 229
DATE 2020.11.26
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North Korean defense science and technology has visibly developed and
changed since Kim Jong-un assumed power as the Supreme Leader of North Korea in
2012.
Noticeable changes include the resumption of
nuclear tests 
in 2013 since 2009 along with the continuous
development and disclosure of a variety of new guided weapons, such as the
Pukguksong (“Polaris”) and Hwasong missiles. This
provides evidence that North Korea's defense science and technology programs exceeded
the previous level and their development have accelerated.
The North Korean military parade that celebrated
the 75th anniversary of the Party Foundation Day in October distinctly revealed
its leap.
Against this backdrop, this paper attempts to analyze the
trend of North Korean defense science and technology policy in Kim Jong-un era
and draw strategic implications of the resultant changes.