EnterpriseSovereign wrote:Of course, from a Western POV, SK would be the better choice to drag the norks into the 21st century. Whether SK would be prepared to accept this by themselves is questionable- does NK have any natural resources worth exploiting?
Reunifying Korea will not end as happily and reunifying Germany did, and Germany, for all the good will in the world, still had some bumps in the road on that one.
Of course North Korea has resources. It's about 70 percent forest by land area last I heard. Harvesting might be an issue, as most of the forests are on steep slopes. There are considerable mineral deposits, including some valuable rare earths. They have an educated population with literacy nearly universal and a willingness to work hard instilled from a young age.
Of course, their infrastructure sucks, being at best 1950's and much of it advancing backwards into the 19th Century, but that is fixable if you had sane governance.