In pursuit of self reliance, Kim Jong Un’s Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), not yet akin to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), relies on foreign aid to feed its people and on fine covert cognac to quench the thirst of its elites.
The quid pro quo is the persuasion of the North, beyond the long silk road on the other side of Asia, to give up its nuclear weapons program in a war that has not yet concluded with the United States.
The players in the West with the Islamic Republic of Iran are the P5+1: United States of America, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany. In the East, with DPRK, in the talks are 5 of the 6 parties: United States, China and Russia, and Japan, Republic of Korea (ROK).
Iran is under sanctions despite its oil and so is DPRK despite its lack of oil.
Kim Jong Un holds nothing of value to the 5 parties but the lives of the one Korean people separated by the minefield and the barbed wire, much as Gadaffi had in the now liberated Libya and Bashar al-Assad is in the Syria that is being liberated by the Syrian National Council (SNC) with support from the United Nations.
Libya, Syria and North Korea, along with the likes of Sudan and Somalia, are humanitarian interventions for the United Nations Peace Keeping Force (UNPKF) and world where the guns turned on the people must be silenced, fences between them torn down, mines de-mined and weapons of war – small and large – eliminated.