There is a strong chance that North Korea is stringing America and South Korea along, until it can extract as many gains as possible, before dropping out like it has in the past, writes Tom Nichols of USA Today. The fact that peace talks were agreed upon already benefits Kim Jong-un hugely, making him seem like the peacemaker. Meanwhile, he has kept his nuclear weapons that were provocatively tested in recent years. Agreeing to talk has already disadvantaged America, as it should have had a thorough strategy first. Talk of a Nobel Peace Prize for President Trump is premature and likely intended to flatter him more than anything.
President Trump’s policies have pushed North Korea so far that it has few options other than agreeing to America’s requests, asserts Gordon G. Chang of the National Interest. Crucially, Trump has stepped up sanctions and isolated the regime financially. It will run out of foreign currency reserves by October, according to one estimate. Trump has also signaled to China, which keeps North Korea afloat, that he has no problem exerting more financial tariffs and punishments on it. China has violated UN sanction rules by trading with North Korea. Without Chinese support, North Korea understands that peace is a necessity.