As the U.S. tries to restart multiparty talks with North Korea, it may find that the rogue state suddenly sees greater value in keeping its nuclear arsenal.
The world watched in awe this Thursday as photos of Mummar Qaddafi’s bludgeoned corpse marked the end of the Libyan dictator’s 42-year rule. Libyans filled the streets in jubilation and leaders worldwide issued impassioned statements as the brutal regime came to an end. But 6,000 miles away in Pyongyang, North Korea, one leader was probably not celebrating. This gruesome end to Qaddafi’s rule has likely confirmed what Kim Jong Il must have long been aware – a dictator who wants to hold on to power should also hold onto his nuclear weapons.