Impoverished N. Korea’s real military spending increased 16 percent since 2009

The world's most reclusive nation has not made public the exact amount of its defense budget.

The world’s most reclusive nation has not made public the exact amount of its defense budget.

SEOUL — North Korea’s real military expenditure has increased 16 percent over the past five years despite its shattered economy, a South Korean defense official said.

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