(TNS) Without question, President Donald Trump has made more diplomatic headway with North Korea than any president since the Korean War.

But his progress has been limited primarily to meet-and-greet photo ops with leader Kim Jong-un. That’s not a criticism of the president, just an acknowledgement of the reality of the situation.



Yes, North Korea has made some gestures toward denuclearization, which is the Trump administration’s objective, but must of that, too, has been posturing.

In recent weeks as a self-imposed end-of-the-year deadline to restart substantive talks approaches, North Korea has been ramping up nuclear and missile testing sites once again, likely in anticipation that the Trump administration isn’t going to cave on sanctions, which is what Kim wants.

So there has been some talk of a “Christmas surprise” from North Korea even as rhetoric from the regime once again turns bellicose.

Read more at Great Power War

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