|Bill Clinton meeting with Kim Jong Il in 2009|
|North Korean Rodong 1|
There is also the matter of the West's recent record regarding authoritarian regimes, a record very disturbing from the viewpoint of Kim Jong Un. In 2003, Muammar Qaddafi's Libya gave up its nuclear weapons program under international pressure. Eight years later, Qadaffi was deposed, in no small part due to military
|Kim Jong Un|
It is highly unlikely that a nuclear North Korea will give up its arms due to diplomatic efforts alone - Pyongyang views WMD as too essential to its own survival. North Korea is not Iran, unlikely to respond to similar incentives. Perhaps, like South Africa, it will not the be the international community alone, but internal events which end North Korea's time as a nuclear state.