In 2006 , the North Koreans detonated a nuclear weapon to demonstrate that they were not going to suffer "the miserable fate of Iraq." This refers to the United States complete superiority in conventional weapons and Iraq's inability to confront the US. The North Koreans believe that if Iraq had in fact had nuclear weapons, the US would not have attacked.
This is not a new strategic assessment. In 1993 the Indian Defense Minister stated that the lesson from the Gulf War is that the only way to confront the US or its proxies is to have nuclear weapons-. The result was the reactivation of India's nuclear weapons program, culminating in the detonation of 3 devices in 1998; or 24 years after the first Indian fission test on May 18, 1974.The latest North Korean action follows the total ruin of America's nuclear non-proliferation policy -- in the sands of Libya.
Gaddafi gave up his nuclear weapons program in exchange for reconciliation with the West. Yet he was attacked by American's proxies--the British and even the… pfffff French. If Gaddafi had nuclear weapons-- he would never have been attacked. Hence the North Koreans are saying in effect: "We have nuclear weapons and the delivery systems for them. We will not suffer the same miserable fate of Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gaddafi. Moreover, we have the ability to produce nuclear-armed missiles which we can sell -- for the right price."
The North Koreans are not going to give up their weapons in exchange for some rice and kimchii and our promises of "good will" … This is the legacy of our policy in Libya. And don't think for a moment that the Iranians are not thinking along the same lines.
The disastrous failure of American foreign policy in this area is inexcusable and must be attributed directly to the Obama administration. The Obama administration needs to reformulate what our national security priorities really are in this area; and the means by which to advance same: How are we going to prevent other regimes and/or organizations (re al-qaeda) from acquiring North Korean missiles w/nuclear weapons? The North Koreans have these systems--and we can't do anything about it. What we have to do is ensure that no one else will have access to these weapons. and what means we will use to enforce our policy.