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North Korea Is Sitting on $10,000,000,000,000 (in Mineral Wealth)

Previously, the regime has traded off its nuclear ambitions in return for international economic aid. The estimated $10 trillion in resource wealth could fund “several more generations of leaders called Kim,” as the Guardian puts it.

With China accounting for an estimated 90 percent of North Korea’s international trade, the sanctions are set to bite on one of the regime’s last major remaining sources of cash.

Could This Be the Marines’ Secret Weapon?

All weapons under consideration have already been fired in combat by some type of aircraft, however additional testing and assessment of the weapons and their supporting systems are necessary to take the integration to the next step.

The Marine Corps is now arming its Osprey tiltrotor aircraft with a range of weapons to enable its assault support and escort missions in increasingly high-threat combat environments.

Is China Heading to the Moon?

More information from the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) also confirmed the plan, as the company has commenced conceptual designs for a manned spaceship, a propulsion vehicle and a lunar lander.

China on Monday called for submissions of “innovative design ideas” for a manned lunar landing and ascent vehicle to be used for its own version of the US Apollo program.

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