The problem of power and resources is one of the dilemmas of development planning. Power depends on resources, but the resources do not bear fruit without good planning. And planning requires power too since the development and gains of a nation always need a power to protect them. The limits of power are what make the difference between genius and failed planners and leaders. In the United Arab Emirates, we owe credit for the good use of resources to our leadership which, since the establishment of the federal state, has placed the human at the center of strategic planning and resources investment.

Recently, BBC published a report on the differences between North and South Korean models. While such differences and historical and political reasons behind the current North Korean case are many, comparing indicators against each other reveals some interesting points. For one, the use and direction of national resources has been the most important strategic option for modern States. Countries that adopted a strategy of mobilizing and directing their resources entirely to build nuclear and missile military capabilities achieved nothing for their people. Examples include North Korea, but also Iran and Myanmar.

Iran, for instance, has a vital position on the global energy map. It has about 10% of the world's oil reserves and has the second largest gas reserves in the world. But the Iranian regime's ambitions to transform the country into a regional expansionist power that can impose its agenda and ideological goals on the region (it considers it a strategic Lebensraum) has brought disasters for the Iranian people. That is because these ambitions came semi-arbitrarily. Natural resources went straight into the coffers of the Revolutionary Guards who used them to boost military power, but other resources were neglected, leading to poverty rates of almost half of the population.

Some officials of this major oil producer country warn of the outbreak of the poverty revolution after successive Iranian governments manipulated the rates of poverty. A reported 40% of the population of about 80 million people, that is about half of the population, live below the poverty threshold, and yet the former government of Khatami boasted that the poverty rate was only 20% back then. There are many recent indicators of poverty, most of which are higher than 50%. This reflects the disastrous effects of the regime's dreams of building weapons capabilities and nuclear programs, exporting the revolution, influencing and interfering in other countries' affairs and wasting the resources of the people on external interventions and ideological proxies.

The poor model of governance and leadership is not limited to Iran. Other countries suffer from the lack of planning and misdirection of resources. North Korea, which declared its statehood in late 1940s, is now at the bottom of development indicators. The queues of people waiting for the mass transit buses are enough evidence of a failed leadership and misdirection of resources.

In North Korea there are only 2.3 million mobile phones, compared to about 58.9 million in South Korea. This important economic indicator reflects other variables like purchasing power and per capita income. In the DPRK, only 10% of the population of about 25 million people has a phone, while the number of mobile phone subscriptions in South Korea exceeds the population itself. Statistics also show that North Korea has only 28 registered Internet addresses.

Poor development has not only affected development and the economy indicators, but also the public health sector. North Korean men are shorter than their counterparts in the South at about 3.8cm. This difference is not due to genetic differences since the Southerners and the Northerners constitute a single ethnic group. Some scientists say this can be attributed to the chronic shortage of food in the north.

North Korea's road networks do not exceed 3% of the total length of road networks, while the percentage of paved roads in the south of the peninsula is about 92%. Moreover, only 11 out of every 1,000 North Koreans have a private car, mostly old models.

The comparison reveals catastrophic results for two countries that began their journey of growth in the same period of time. Resources are similar yet results are different due to different planning methods. Some use resources in development, construction, production and others direct them to armament and nuclear and missile programs. The North Korean military spending eats up about 25% of GDP which is spent on the fourth largest army in the world composed of nearly one million and two hundred thousand troops.