North Korea has dodged pacts before. This could just be a fresh round of advancing, pausing for the bribes, then going nuclear
When the Soviet Union dissolved and the two Germanys unified, few people thought much of North Korea’s chances of surviving as an independent state. It had no friends after the cold war ended, and no cards to play. Yet its single-minded drive to build a nuclear deterrent has now succeeded in delivering a summit with an American president.
The White House says Donald Trump is ready to meet the supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, “by May”, at a time and location yet to be determined. Whether or not a “deal” emerges within two months, the mere fact of a summit breaks all the rules of diplomacy. It delivers legitimacy – the “face” the North Koreans crave.
Trump risks legitimising one of the most appalling regimes in the world. The Kims are so far responsible for 7 million deaths
Link : A Trump ‘deal’ with Kim Jong-un would only help a despicable regime survive | Jasper Becker