Toby wrote:I get the feeling that Kim Jong Un's economy is obviously on the ropes and maybe even his regime, otherwise I doubt that this reach-out would have happened. But it does feel significant.
How much of this is due to Trump? And IF N Korea disarms its nuclear stockpile, the DMZ is removed and a peace accord signed, it would be an absolutely huge boost for him, particularly as we are in an era where detente seems to be very much on the wane.
The North Korean economy has always been on the ropes, a while back people were literally starving to death after a few poor harvests.
The country is kept going by China as a client state and always has been, that hasn't changed and the way things are going in China it is going to change now. I can see Xi looking to overthrow, or even allow to be toppled, a fellow President for life can you?
The reach out is almost certainly what China wants, direct confrontation, which is what would almost certainly happen if a conflict started is not in their political interests I would imagine.
Absolutely none of it is due to Trump, I can't see how having an a moronic, unstable manchild in the White House has helped things along unless China got a bit windy that he really is a picnic short of a picnic and decided to throw him a bone to shut him up.
The chances of "N Korea disarms its nuclear stockpile, the DMZ is removed and a peace accord signed" are almost non-existence and the only way they would happen would be if Xi wanted that to happen and I can't see what China get's out of having a US ally on their Northern border.
I think you are misreading who the main player in all of this is, it certainly isn't Trump.