North Korea itself routinely claims that the . pursues a "hostile policy" toward it, and that it needs nuclear weapons as the ultimate guarantee against American-led regime change. The Kims have been quite explicit that they do not wish to meet the fate of Saddam Hussein or Moammar Khaddafy. The South Korean left has sought a dovish engagement policy for years, peaking in the so-called "sunshine policy" from 1998-2008, when South Korea provided aid, assistance and diplomatic cover for North Korea in a unilateral effort to break the long Korean stalemate. The most prominent figure advancing such thinking is the current liberal South Korean president, Moon Jae In.