Isolation and sanctions have done more harm than good in the case of North Korea. North Korea, traditionally being a hyper conservative and seclusive society, has always used the sanctions and seclusion as an excuse to control the minds and brainwash its population. It is also to be noted that after China’s rapprochement with the West, and, later, the collapse of the Soviet Union, North Korea stood more isolated than ever. It's relations with South Korea and the West appeared to thaw in the late 1990s, only to fall apart again when George W. Bush included North Korea in the Axis of Evil in 2002 and Pyongyang expelled international nuclear inspectors. The following year, North Korea pulled out the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and revealed that it had nuclear weapons.
The citizens are in illusion. More opening up of opportunities and encouragement for North Koreans to travel abroad and exploring up modernity will certainly help in fueling a people led political movement, which may be gradual process but a sustainable one for sure. It will also help in enhancing UN presence in North Korea and thus helping in keeping a check on Nuclear arsenal developments. We must not forget the fall of USSR. North Korea is still a communist state and it's economics will certainly lead it to decline but at that time a more responsible, educated and modern political community should be present to take over North Korea rather than again falling to some fascist.
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