In short, we cannot expect a perfectly rational performance from North Korean leaders in the event of a nuclear confrontation. Led astray by private interests, they may well enter into an escalation scenario that is not ultimately in their nation’s interest. In any conflict, Kim would fear for the internal safety of his regime first and foremost. Relying on incomplete information given to him by sycophants, and receiving advice from and enacting the plans of incompetents, Kim could accidentally bait the . into a first strike, or convince himself that he must strike first. In either case, he could easily make the “irrational” decision to use nuclear weapons.