Arms buildup between two Koreas heightens risk of conventional and nuclear war
In-depth review of military capabilities on the peninsula underscores obstacles to peace and catastrophic costs of war
Overshadowed by decades’ long efforts toward denuclearization is the ongoing conventional arms buildup on the Korean Peninsula that will prove central to any future armed conflict between the two Koreas.
Unlike other large militaries that defend long territorial fronts like China or that deploy forward like the U.S., the Korean People’s Army (KPA) of the DPRK is singularly organized to deter, defend against and defeat as necessary the Republic of Korea-United States Combined Forces Command (ROK-U.S. CFC). The KPA’s narrow purpose, coupled with a home turf advantage, helps compensate for shortfalls from limited
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