I really believe that when Mount Mantap had a partial collapse of the tunnel system in it the Chinese stepped in and ordered him to stop with his Nuclear ambitions. That is the only thing that would logically explain Kim Jong-Uns complete about-face on this issue.
Yes. Remember, the Chinese had a summit with KJU just before he met with South Korea's President. You see, by using KJU and the propensity to give up WMD's, the Chiese are pushing that the American presence and warmaking ability with it's Asian allies be removed rom Asia. China wants the largest world military , and to dominate the region if not the world. The first step was taking over the South China sea. The second step is removing the Americans and their troops and weapons totally out of the region. Then when China steps up and starts crushing their allies along their proposed silk road to Europe, takes over Taiwan, the Philippines, moves into India and the Middle East, the world will know why this KJU step was necessary. In the long run, both NK and China profit.
If so; it was another Trump diplomatic win.
China didn't need to because is was such a good deal for Kim. To summarize the deal, Kim Jong Un got Trump to:
* Give them a desirable place on the world stage
* Avoid any discussion on human rights
* End military exercises with South Korea
* Hint at ending U.S. Forces' presence in South Korea
* Attack NATO and allies as cheap
In return, “dealmaker” Trump got nothing.
They didn't need to
Trump got played
Lock him up
Any changes in nuclear capability of a small nation, and the US, Chinese & Russians will be involved at some level.
they certainly helped
China is the impetus behind the entire Kim Jong Un summit.
China just got richer.
trump thought he was going to slap China with tariffs and China decided to open up for themselves an entire new market---North Korea.
And you can best believe that Kim Jong Un will make deals with China first, Putin second, and Iran third before he makes deals with America.
Because they have been sneakily dealing with him all along.
No doubt China and Russia, but why wouldn't North Korea do this deal, he planned ahead, destroy a useless site, give up useless prisoners and get no more defensive military skirmishes by the US.