They are not Iran. They have no ideology they want to export.
They want the regime to survive.
As Vice-Foreign Minister Han made clear to me, North Korea has learned the lessons from recent history, in particular the US-led attempts at regime change in Iraq and Libya.
“If the balance of power is not there, then the outbreak of war is imminent and unavoidable.”
“If one side has nukes and the other side doesn’t, and they’re on bad terms, war will inevitably break out,” he said.
“This is the lesson shown by the reality of the countries in the Middle East, including Libya and Syria where people are suffering from great misfortune.”
I’m not defending the regime (they aren’t the sort of government I want to be ruled by) yet if America does want to fix this issue it should address it’s post-cold war foreign policy first, NK foreign policy second.
From a third party view, NK foreign policy appears to be rational.
You can read the rest here.