North Korea is usually viewed as a harsh Communist dictatorship although it no longer officially describes itself as Marxist–Leninist. The official ideology is the Juche ideology. Kim Il-sung was the country's first Communist dictator, followed by his son Kim Jong-il, and in turn his son, the current dictator Kim Jong-un.
North Korea now has nuclear weapons. The United States has attempted to persuade North Korea to voluntarily give up these, although North Korea may view this skeptically after Libya being attacked after giving up its nuclear weapons program.