News today that President Trump decided to pull out of his much vaunted summit with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un sent shockwaves around the world. US markets dipped on the news. Once Trump pulled out of the JCPOA (aka Iran nuclear agreement) this should not have been a surprise to anyone. There has been overwhelming evidence for some time now that Iran and North Korea have been working together. Iran was essentially helping North Korea financially with all the oil cash it began to receive in order for North Korea to test Iranian advances in their nuclear program.
Ultimately Trump understands that a true hardline approach is needed with these actors. As China threatens Taiwan and Iran moves towards resuming nuclear development in order to reach full breakout, North Korea’s true intentions never matched their photo ops.
With Israel and Jordan increasingly cornered by Iran and Hezbollah, the Trump administration sees war on the horizon. In a situation with war against Iran, having North Korea play games with diplomacy is downright dangerous. The Trump administration has decided to take a hardline against North Korea and thus be ready for the coming hot war on the verge of breaking out.
In the months to come watch for Iran to make moves against Israel by way of Hezbollah, while it directly pushes against Saudi Arabia. Kim Jong Un is now embarrassed. With China threathening Taiwan and Iran on the move, North Korea has nothing holding it back from going all in.