North Korea Nuke Armament

North Korea regime is trying to emulate powerful countries like USA in armament to defend itself through its oligarchy and personality cult while ignoring the will of the people it is using to “glorify” its ideology, providing them with dreams of prosperity while on the ground the majority still lives under poverty lines. But its strategy is doomed to failure as it doesn’t have the economic structure to sustain a military industry- producing costly nuclear weapons without jeopardizing the welfare of the NK people.

Internally, the NK leaders can subjugate their people through their police state system and making of their leader a sacred personality through personality cult. But they can’t intimidate the international community. They can have their arms. But the world order won’t go their way. There are too many intertwined interests among powerful nations to allow them to offset the current order. The entire world will be watching to curb NK influence, not to foster it.

North Korea is a military power through its presumably possession of sophisticated nuclear missiles of different ranges- short, middle and long. As a US diplomat once put it, “there are missiles for everyone”; that is for neighbouring countries as there are those for distant ones like USA. Ironically, its military “might” is contradicted by its huge economic backwardness. It should take the example of its neighbour South Korea which has become an economic giant in a relatively short time through its openness and being a liberal country. North Korea is isolated because of its isolationist policy. It can also take the example from former Soviet Union, which despite its huge arsenal of military nuclear weapons crumbled.

North Korea will become a real threat if the communist leaders become desperate because of their international isolation and launch a nuclear attack. They have nothing to lose as they took the experience of sacrificing people through their police state system and the complacency to see North Koreans to a large extent suffering from economic hardship due to their policies.

If there is any comparison to be made with Iran (which is set to develop its nuclear program) and NK (which pretends that it has far-reaching nuclear missiles) is that Iran at least has oil resources which contribute to world economy. NK doesn’t have any. All that it has are threats especially, to those exceeding it economically and politically. South Korea will remain a thorn in the side of NK leaders as it shows North Koreans the alternative life they can have if they get rid of their communist regime.

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