There is no shortage of news about North Korea and Kim Jon Un, but the headlines all seem cartoonish to me. Some say he is an evil madman, behaving randomly and erratic; some tell us to be terrified of nuclear weapons that will be on our doorstep at any moment. I take these articles with a grain of salt. And none of them even pretend to say anything about his diplomatic or foreign policy goals, unless his goal is to look crazy.
If I were to believe Kim Jong Un's speech from NYE, it seems he is mostly interested in economic development and possibly reunification with South Korea. He has not rattled the saber threatening invasion, and has not publicly stated any long term policy of expansionism. He has stated a philosophy of juche or self-determinism and independence. Then again, I take political speeches with a grain of salt too. Yet in my google searches I can't turn up anything but Kim's rhetoric or the west's tabloidism.
What publicly available, official documents and executive actions are on the record that give insight into Kim Jong Un's true diplomatic goals? What has he said, on the record, that he wants for his country?
What are his stated goals?