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    Bombs or Food: Pyongyang to Spend Over 15% of State Budget on Defense

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    North Korea has allocated 15.8 percent from the 2016 state budget for defense purposes, the state-run media reported Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Last year, the country was due to spend 15.9 percent of the state budget on defense.

    According to the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the allocated amount of funding is due to be spent on measures to resist aggressive military provocations by enemy forces and develop tools for a military attack, including a nuclear one.

    North Korea's state budget saw a 5.6-percent raise compared to 2015, mainly due to increased funding plans on the needs of industry, science, technology and education, the newspaper reported.

    Pyongyang declared itself a nuclear power in 2005, and tested its first nuclear weapon the following year. The six-party denuclearization talks came to a halt in 2009, when Pyongyang tested its second nuclear weapon, and have been stalled ever since.

    In early January, Pyongyang said that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. The following month, North Korea fired a long-range rocket to allegedly place a satellite into orbit in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

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