Kerry impressed the NORKs during the Iranian nuclear talks.

Famine and economic depression haven’t been enough in the last seven years to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table over its weapons program — not as long as its military has enough resources to keep the Kim dynasty in power.

North Korea sees any threat to “songun” — the reclusive communist country’s military-first system — as making the nation vulnerable to invasion. To outside observers, destabilization of the powerful military threatens the Kim family regime’s hold on power.