◎ The real challenge will be America’s response to China’s first-level retaliation, and whether Washington is prepared to move up the escalatory ladder.
◎ Existential struggles are not conducive to compromise, especially when the opposing sides see the competition in those stark terms.
◎ The Trump administration should continue to emphasize that North Korea’s nuclear program ultimately does not ensure regime survival but regime demise.
◎ U.S. national security would benefit from Trump’s return to the core principles that guided his original instincts toward China and North Korea.
◎ How did the failure to secure a declaration of all North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities, let alone a specific commitment to destroy them, somehow move the ball forward?
◎ A proposed schedule of nuclear and missile dismantling would be part of a good-faith showing by Kim.
◎ History has taught that an American president’s credibility on a major U.S. domestic issue can be transferable to tests of will in the international arena, for good or ill.