Score another diplomatic victory for Trump,  MAYBE.  The President's hard line negotiating tactic appears to have generated a dramatic - and favorable - outcome; a "diplomatic breakthrough" that North and South Korea have agreed to hold direct talks between their leaders with North Korea signalling it is willing to abandon its nuclear program "if regime security can be guaranteed."

The headlines come from South Korean National Security Office special envoy Chung Eui-yong, who is speaking to reporters in Seoul after returning from Pyongyang. Remember he and another envoy, National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Monday. Chung confirms that North Korea is indeed ready to stop the jawboning and negotiate:

  • Kim Jong Un open to frank talks with U.S. for denuclearization: Chung
  • North Korea to suspend provocations during talks: Chung
  • Promises not to use any weapons against South Korea: Chung

Next step: a summit in April between the two neighbors where details will be ironed out: "North Korea, South Korea agree to hold summit in April", Chung says. Pyongyang vowed not to test any ballistic missiles or make further provocations during talks, according Chung clarified.

Based upon past actions by North Korea, there is much skepticism about the truthfulness, legitimacy and reliability of this gesture. 

Bear in mind that for decades, North Korea made promises about NOT developing missiles and nuclear bombs.  In return for those assurances, nations of the world provided aid only to see the aid be used for nefarious purposes.

Is this simply an effort by North Korea to buy additional time it needs to successfully "marry" a nuclear warhead onto a long range missile?  No way to tell.

(Watch the water.  Eye in the sky. The SUM of ALL FEARS.) [1 Thessalonians 5:3]