Korea National Defense College

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Last Updated: June 26, 2012
Other Name: 조선국방대학; Kanggye Defense College (강계국방대학); Kanggye Defense University
Location: Kanggye (강계시), Chagang Province (자강도), North Korea
Subordinate To: The Science and Education Department (과학교육부) under the Korean Workers Party Central Committee (조선노동당중앙위원회) exercises overall supervision, but the Department of Higher Education (고등교육부) in the Ministry of Education (교육성) manages administrative affairs
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Unknown

In 1994, the Korea National Defense College reportedly had a physics department that was conducting nuclear research, but this report is unsubstantiated. Defector Kenki Aoyama says the Korea National Defense College in Kanggye also provides instruction on the production, operation procedures and launching of missiles. According to defector Ko Yong Hwan, his brother Ko Bang Nam graduated from the college's Rocket Engine Department (로켓발동기학부).

[1] Interview with North Korean defector "Kenki Aoyama" by Mari Sudo, research associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 20 October 2002, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
[2] Pak Hong Gi and Kim Chae Sun, "귀순한 북한 고영환씨 일문일답 [Interview of Defector Ko Yong Hwan]," Taehan Maeil, 14 September 1991, p. 3, via: www.kinds.or.kr.
[3] Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., "Exposing North Korea's Nuclear Infrastructure—Part One," Jane's Intelligence Review, 1 February 1999, p. 38.
[4] Pukhan Kaeyo 2000 (Seoul: ROK Ministry of Unification, 1999), p. 488.

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