Weekly Standard’s Ethan Epstein on Trump, North Korea, ‘The Status Quo Has Radically Changed’
EPSTEIN: "Right. That’s deservedly so. What has happened here is the status quo has changed. The past few years, the Kim regime has been disdainful of international overtures. It literally didn’t pick up the phone for several years when South Korea tried to contact them. Now they invited the South Korean delegation to North Korea. They extended this invitation to Donald Trump, which suggested to me that the internal calculus being made in Pyongyang has changed and I think that is clearly true both because of the maximum pressure that the U.S. Has been putting on the regime clearly true both because of the maximum pressure that the U.S. Has been putting on the regime and also because of what we think of as loose talk but perhaps strategic talk. Intimating that we might have be contemplating military action."