I suggest we wait for it to play out. If it flops it flops. At least we got a couple of hostages home.
Healthy skepticism about NK’s motives, intent to carry through, etc, is absolutely required. This last little dust up demonstrates that the pundits were wrong…again.
Instead of knuckling under, Trump pulled the cork when NK ramped up the old rhetoric. Within 48 hours it was NK that made the move to reopen a path to talks.
In the end, regardless of the public view, this remains a 3-1/2 party negotiation. The US, China, NK and SK. NK will do what China forces it to allows it to do. SK will go along, grudgingly perhaps, with any deal that gives them reasonable security guarantees.
We want NK (and SK) to not have weapons and missiles. China wants a communist buffer between itself and SK. If those goals can be accomplished with a viable inspection regime, it doesn’t matter who pushes it through or who gets the credit.