We have witnessed a remarkable turn in the cruel dictator of North Korea. Perhaps he sees the tremendous opportunity he has to become a truly beloved leader to his people. We can only hope this is the case.
We must recall that throughout the last 50 years or so, the United States has fallen at the feet of the North Korean leaders much like the United States accepted the so-called inevitable domination of Communism during the days of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan finally said no to the Communist dictators and rose from the negotiating table and left the room. He said we will not give in to the ridiculous demands of the Soviet Union. In a few years the Soviet Union and the Soviet bloc were no more, and the Cold War ended.
When Reagan walked from the negotiating table saying he could not accept the terms he was being offered, he was roundly criticized. The typical pundits and politicians denounced Reagan as a war monger, as unstable, and as being unable to understand the significance of his actions. Reagan understood what he was doing, and he was correct.
Clinton, the Bushes, and Obama caved to the North Koreans proclaiming that the only way to deal with them was to negotiate or give them what ever they demanded for false promises from them. Trump told Kim Jong Un that those days no longer existed because a typical politician and appeaser was not in the White House. Trump explicitly told Kim Jong Un that he had more and bigger bombs and if North Korea wanted to play war games, they would lose and Kim Jong Un would be no more. Kim Jong Un took advantage of the Olympic games being in South Korea and began to play nice.
What Kim Jong Un has done since is remarkable. Make no mistake, a cruel and murderous dictator can never be trusted and any actions he promises to take must be absolutely verified, unlike the requirements Comrade and Muslim Brotherhood appeaser Obama required of Iran.
The opportunity Kim Jong Un has could make him a beloved leader by choice and not by demand in North Korea. The nuclear weapons he was developing and probably has do not benefit his people nor do they really benefit him. If Kim Jong Un should choose to use them, he would be annihilated. He has also learned that he cannot use the them as a threat against Trump like they were used as a threat against the previous people who occupied the White House. Thus, the usefulness of the weapons or threat of development of such weapons has greatly diminished.
On the other hand, Kim Jong Un could use the verified demolition of both any weapons he has and the facilities to create such weapons to bring about an economic revival in North Korea by negotiating for investment in his country by nations of the free world. Imagine what North Korea could become if all sanctions were lifted and the nations of the free world would be welcomed to invest in North Korea. Kim Jong Un could be revered as the person who brought economic prosperity to his people and his country simply be getting rid of weapons and a development system that, because of Trump, has lost any use as a negotiating tool.
Let us hope that Kim Jong Un understands that his opportunity should not be wasted. Trump is not easily used or fooled. Trump also, as the world has learned, is a man of his word. Yes, Kim Jong Un, the United States press and the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) would denounce Trump for helping you understand the opportunity you have, but your people would be grateful to you forever.