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NORTH KOREA, Suspicious Minds, January 2003

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North Korea has the world's fifth-largest military, with more than 1 million active-duty personnel. Read more Facts and Stats.

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Visit The New York Times "Threats and Responses: Targeting Terror" for up to date news, analysis, video and multimedia packages covering U.S. relations with North Korea and the nuclear threat. Reports on North Korea are also issued as part of The New York Times Asia Pacific coverage. All articles on Asia Pacific pages are available free of charge.