I am not downplaying anything. NK is a hellhole, I would rather live in US then NK. But painting the problem black and white is stupidity, and that is what media is trying to do.
Like NK ultimate goal is world domination or some soykaf, while they can barely provide enough food and power for normal reproduction of life.
But ok, lets say that NK which has one of largest army in the world gets annexed and joined with SK.
1. you have mass immigration in the south which is caused by economic disparity between south and north (solution - forbid emigration in north); 2. you need to prop up economy that was destroyed by war and is even without that falling behind, which means massive investments in infrastructure , developing of private sector by foreign enterprises which would probably use cheap labor that population is so used to provide; 3. massive political censorship and repression because you have renments of old regime ideology
Congratulations you have north korea 2.0, now just shower it with money for next 20 years and hope it turns to normal.
IMO just shower it with money from beginning they would not have political freedom but at least there would be no starvation and maybe with better living condition it should gradually develop some freedom; and avoid war that would probably include millions in death and maybe more if we take into account size of the conflict considering their massive military.
People like >>310
are manipulated idiots with simplistic view of the world and cant see bigger picture.