While people continue to starve the North Korean regime has been busy providing nearly $9 billion in funding to their military:
North Korea’s actual military spending is believed to be about 15 times the announced amount in 2009 as the communist regime continues to build up its military capacity despite the country’s moribund economy, a South Korean defense research institute said Tuesday.
The North said it spent US$570 million on its military in 2009, but the real expenditure, calculated on an exchange rate based on purchasing power parity terms, was $8.77 billion, the state-run Korea Institute of Defense Analyses (KIDA) said in a report. [Yonhap]
To put that into perspective according to the CIA’s World Factbook the North Koreans had a GDP in 2009 of $40 billion. That would mean that nearly a quarter of their country’s GDP goes towards the military. To further put this into perspective, the US military only makes up 4.6% of America’s GDP.