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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...eral-resources-nuclear-iron-ore-a7818651.html

North Korea could be sitting on trillions in untapped mineral resources

Mining currently only makes up 14 per cent of North Korea's economy â€" but the dictatorship may in fact be sitting on vast reserves of mineral wealth.
Maybe the UN should stop with the sanctions and let NK pull itself into the 21st century. In return for them ceasing with the nuclear threats. Overly simplified by why not try?
 

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Why does the US Government need to keep exporting "democracy and freedom" to the rest of the world? We've been doing it since 1945 and our track record sucks. That's why we're where we are today.
 

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Why does the US Government need to keep exporting "democracy and freedom" to the rest of the world? We've been doing it since 1945 and our track record sucks. That's why we're where we are today.
Pretty much
 

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Maybe the UN should stop with the sanctions and let NK pull itself into the 21st century. In return for them ceasing with the nuclear threats. Overly simplified by why not try?
I'm sure that is one of dozens of scenarios scrubbed by think tanks. I imagine that the consensus was that it isn't a viable strategy if you believe the regime's weapon advancements to be a threat. The whole point of the NK nuclear program is to make it a nuclear power to be feared by others. This regime then believes that, for whatever reason, that will compel other countries to treat them much in the way you suggest: stop sanctions, trade openly, etc. Unfortunately, the NK doesn't recognize other factors, including a preemptive strike from another nuclear power (NK doesn't have early-warning systems), fear from other countries that the NK will be able to safely control their nuclear technology from accidents or rogue military personnel, fear that the NK would deliberately provide nuclear technology to terrorist organizations, etc. I suspect that, for multiple reasons, a nuclear NK was deemed unacceptable by other nations and, as usual, the US will be the one to push the issue to military enforcement. I don't think Kim Jong Un is suicidal, but he also appears clearly deranged and unstable.
 

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The bottom half of the below post makes the point as well.
Question is would NK be willing to back off and would we?

http://www.georgiapacking.org/forum/showpost.php?p=2908106&postcount=3
NK probably would. In very simple terms, I think Kim Jong Un just wants some respect and doesn't want to go the way of Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

The US, on the other hand, won't unless we stop trying to make Mini Me's out of the rest of the world. Trump needs tp drastically scale back our military and intelligence agencies. For many reasons.
 

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The whole point of the NK nuclear program is to make it a nuclear power to be feared by others. ... I don't think Kim Jong Un is suicidal, but he also appears clearly deranged and unstable.
As I said above, I believe Kim wants to avoid becoming the next Muammar Gaddafi or Saddam Hussein. Who are we - the US - to say what countries can or cannot have nuclear power - for peaceful commercial, not military, needs? Obviously, it's not a big step from commercial to military. But again, not withstanding all the saber rattling currently going on between us and them, I don't see Kim wanting to destroy his country. Who wants to be dictator of a hole in the ground?

We, on the other hand, keep insisting on screwing with the rest of the world. The US is the biggest threat to peace there ever was. And all for money.
 

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NK probably would. In very simple terms, I think Kim Jong Un just wants some respect and doesn't want to go the way of Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

The US, on the other hand, won't unless we stop trying to make Mini Me's out of the rest of the world. Trump needs tp drastically scale back our military and intelligence agencies. For many reasons.
I think this is accurate
 
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