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originally posted by: alldaylong
No, Trump is not the catalyst that has bought about events in North Korea.
China is the major power broker, with it's crippling economic sanctions on North Korea. Without China, NK are screwed.
China has turned off the tap on crucial goods for North Korea in a bid to pile on economic pressure as South and North Korean leaders prepare for an unprecedented diplomatic summit this April, and hopes for May talks between the US the isolated country mount. The leaders of North and South Korea are to meet on April 27 for the first time in more than a decade, the two countries announced on Thursday after preliminary talks between senior officials.An analysis of Chinese customs data from Aberdeen Standard Investments has revealed that China’s exports of refined petroleum to North Korea have collapsed in the last five months, to as little as 3.7 per cent on the previous year.
Trump may have well had some input into improving relations, but it is China that is calling the shots. Trump is just but a bit player.