Of particular note is that the North Korean military has not been a participant in any large scale armed conflict since the close of the Korean War of 1950-1953 (70 years ago). As such, its modern doctrine is most likely rooted in the old Soviet style with some influence being had from neighboring China while equipment condition and general overall capabilities remain largely unknown to the outside world. National leadership is publicly open about its desire to obtain nuclear weapons as a general 'show-of-force' in the region while also providing the nation some insurance against an all-out invasion from any Western power. At least six nuclear tests have been conducted since 2006 for both land- and air-based delivery - this despite being under heavy sanctions.
The fighting forces of North Korea are collectively managed under the Korean People's Army banner and encompasses five major branches of service: the Korean People's Army and Anti-Air Force (KPAAAF), the Korean People's Army Ground Force (KPAGF), the Korean People's Navy (KPN), the Missile General Bureau (MGB), and the Korean People's Army Special Operation Force (KPASOF). The defense force was founded on April 25th, 1932.
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