One out of a number of sources who referred to the issue in January and August said, “North Korea and China are currently involved in a to and fro over the export and import of North Korea’s newly developed ballistics technology, with North Korea seeking more economic support as it negotiates the technology’s development and exchange.”
According to the source, North Korea has developed new ammunition technology for type 98 automatic rifles. It is now in conflict with China over its export to Middle Eastern and African arms markets.
“During the Cold War,” said the source, “the communist and democratic countries established completely different conventional weapons systems. Because the East Europeans, Chinese, Russians, and North Koreans all have the same weapons systems they are more in competition with each other than other western countries, in terms of weapons sales.” Therefore, China is not happy to see North Korea develop automatic rifle ammunition technology superior to its own.
The source said that in the last year North Korea has developed eighteen new types of military equipment and technology. North Korea based its type 98 automatic rifle ammunition on Russian weapons technology. It then sent a thousand items to the Chinese who subsequently gave the ammunition a high appraisal.
The new ammunition has seven times the indiscriminate killing and wounding power capability of previous type 98 systems. Its unique point is granular lead fixed in a small space within the bullet. The direction of momentum from the inertia point of firing is the same, but its multiple dispersion of momentum entropy on impact gives it a more deadly effect as much as seven times more than the existing type 98 rifles.
North Korea began experimental work on the ammunition in the mid 1980s and it has only slowly entered into use in the field. Following use by the Presidential Security Command (Guard Command) in the late 80s and then by the General Staff Department's mechanized unit for Special Strike Attack at the start of the 90s, it has spread throughout the entire military. In order to compensate for its weak points in the field, a North Korea National Defense Science Center-related research institute has even completed its own manufacture technology for production of advanced fiber bullet proof vests.
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