Where does North Korea find scientists to develop its missiles in order to continue the development of their scientific research?

Do they have any education background or they hire foreign scientists? If they hire, from where and how?

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    NK has scientists. And they likely feed them.
    – user1530
    Aug 25, 2015 at 14:35
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    @blip, yes I know. But, how come they found so advanced level of scientist?
    – user4514
    Aug 25, 2015 at 14:49
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    They sent them to rocket scientist college?
    – user1530
    Aug 25, 2015 at 15:08
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    Is there any prooflink for the claim that NK actually develops it's missiles? "Scud-C" is not a N'Korean model, it has been developed in Soviet Russia in 1957 (R-11) till 1962 (R-17). It doesn't take a ​rocket ​scientist to repaint the red stars on the tubes. :) Aug 27, 2015 at 15:56
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    @anonymous This one looks like "Bukkeukseong-1", a repaint of a Russian SLBM "R-27" (developed back in 1968). So where's the science? Aug 27, 2015 at 16:11

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They were likely trained in Univeristy as North Korea does have Universities that cover the topics needed to educate scientists enough to pursue further research on missile development. I regret that I could not find any concrete articles specificity on this however I found some evidence that leads to my conclusion.

North Korea education in general: (reference)

Children go through one year of kindergarten, four years of primary education, six years of secondary education, and then on to universities.

North Korea University: (reference)

Kim Il-Sung University's colleges and faculties include economics, history, philosophy, law, foreign languages and literature, geography, physics, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear power, biology, and computer science.

Not on topic but related:

If you are unsure of how nuclear science made its way to North Korea, the former Soviet Union helped North Korea develop a nuclear power program. (reference)

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    Is it ok to say they hire chinese professors to their universities?
    – nelruk
    Aug 26, 2015 at 17:30
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    I think that is a safe assumption however, I could not find a reference for that. It is also important to note that the professors can be home grown with resources supplied externally, missiles are not a new technology.
    – Gram
    Aug 26, 2015 at 17:58

Most North Korean military technologies are the remnants of the Soviet Russian and Chinese technologies.

They usually modify them but don't actually develope a whole new type of anything.

I am not totally sure but those technologies are free to use or modify because they were either given to North Korea for free or they were free to use due to Soviet or Communistic Chinese ownership( which I think means no patent).

North Korea seems like it has a lot of fancy military gears but as far as I know those are quite old and a few generations behind.

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    Do you honestly think that a patent would prevent North Korea from using a technology?
    – Christian
    Sep 1, 2015 at 8:38
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    @Christian - it would if it would claim to be a decadent bourgeoise patent that hates the Glorious Leader...
    – user4012
    Sep 1, 2015 at 14:32

There is some indication that Russia has been partnering in training them for years: UPI

Moscow may have allowed several North Korean nuclear researchers to work at Russian nuclear sites, including a scientist who is under United Nations Security Council sanctions.

The North Korean nuclear scientists were allowed to engage in their research in Russia until early 2015 when Pyongyang stopped paying an annual membership fee to the Russian government, Japanese news agency Jiji Press reported Monday.

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