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North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and AfricaEnabling Violence and Instability$
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Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175881

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175881.001.0001

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Understanding the Product

Understanding the Product

North Korea’s Military Capabilities

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North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa

Bruce E. Bechtol Jr.

University Press of Kentucky

North Korea’s nuclear weaponization program and its ballistic missile programs have developed compelling capabilities that can potentially threaten all the Middle East, Africa, and Europe when proliferated (and many of these systems have already been proliferated). North Korea’s advances in maritime capabilities are important as well, including a new submarine with long-range capabilities and a developing capability to fire a ballistic missile. The North’s ground forces have not been idle, as high training levels and important initiatives in training have added to potential capabilities, including artillery and rocket systems that could create havoc in ongoing conventional conflicts in both the Middle East and Africa.

Keywords:   North Korea, weapons of mass destruction, nuclear program, ballistic missile programs, artillery, multiple rocket launchers, special operations forces, military capabilities, regional security

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