As I understand it, nuclear weapons have become a matter of immense pride and importance to the North Korean government, leadership and populace. The international community has been applying severe sanctions of late to try to get Kim Jong Un and Co. to end the nuke program.
That leads to a question: Even if Kim Jong Un wanted to do so, could he end the nuke program and still keep his head?
Ending Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and caving in to the international community’s demands would be seen as appeasement and capitulation of the highest order. It seems perfectly plausible that this might lead to Kim being assassinated or overthrown.
So, is Kim truly free to accommodate the West’s demands even if he wanted to - and, if not, how should the international community adjust its demands?