"We have lines of communications to Pyongyang," he said during a trip to China. "We're not in a dark situation."
Like every administration before it, the Trump version has fallen for the classic DPRK game of demonstrating violence and then pretending to settle peacefully, though never giving back any of its gains in weaponry. This has gone on since the peace talks in Panmunjom when the DPRK would tell UN negotiators that the line had moved during the night, forcing yet another redrawing of it. Kim 3.0 has proved to be the best yet with his threat to explode a nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean.
North Korea will come out of this with nuclear weapons and delivery systems thereof suitable to prevent the U.S. from intervening in Korean War 2.0, though the Donald will trumpet the agreement as yet another example of his Art of the Deal persuasive powers.
Boxing photographer George Kalinsky famously told Angelo Dundee regarding Muhammad Ali's upcoming "Rumble in the Jungle" fight with George Foreman: "Why don't you try something like that? Sort of a dope on the ropes, letting Foreman swing away but, like in the picture, hit nothing but air."
Only this time the dope is Donald Trump.