March 20, 2023

North Korea’s nuclear force reshuffles its politics, economy

KPA Strategic Force plays ever more significant role in Pyongyang’s evolving strategy

One month after its unexpected nuclear test on January 6, North Korea on Sunday launched the satellite named Kwangmyongsong-4. The combination of nuclear and ballistic missile technology potentially gives North Korea a powerful strategic military capability. Another key part of this strategic capability is a specialized unit, the KPA Strategic Force.

The Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army is the North Korean military unit responsible for the country’s strategic-level missiles and rockets and is a key component of Pyongyang’s nuclear strategy. Effectively, it is the organization for the North’s missile and nuclear arsenal, as well as potentially its chemical and biological weapons.