AKA someone who agrees with me but I don't consider myself a total neophyte.
"Oddly enough, North Korea interfaces with the national labs more than they do with the US government. Sig Hecker, who shows up whenever North Korea is mentioned, ran LANL from '86 to '97. Bill Richardson, former head of the DOE, remains one of the primary points of contact with North Korea. During the last crisis during the Bush administration, North Korea asked for him by name and he's been the point man on many hostage exchanges. This is one reason all the alarmist shit coming out about North Korea lately doesn't impress me - it's mostly that dipshit in Connecticut that hasn't been a part of the process."
I seriously want to study abroad in Seoul the spring semester of 2018. I'm scared that I'm willfully walking into a future war zone. I've heard both that this sort of saber-rattling is going on 50 years and I've heard that things are as untenable and unstable as they'll ever get with the current administration. I guess your and Mr. Hecker's point is that alarmism is clouding all sober discussion of the potential of armed conflict. Will continue deliberating.