So, North Korean problem solved? Er, no, I doubt it! One day 'Fat Boy' threatens to nuke Washington, next day he tells us that he has put his rocket toys back in the cupboard. Of course, they have not been dismantled, merely locked away - for now!
Needless to say, every Far East 'expert', none of whom actually forecast this event, are busy scratching their heads and muttering, "Eh? What? Why? How?" Meanwhile, the Japanese are spinning on the spot, according to Mr. Johnathan Fenby, my own 'Far Eastern expert' of choice because, of course, he writes for the 'Speccie'!
According to Mr. Fenby, it was probably the fact that Mr. Li 'Smiley' Jinping of China who finally shut the mouth of 'Fat Boy' and opened his sphincter! A few months ago China cut off supplies of petroleum, coal, steel and motor vehicles to North Korea. Soon there-after, 'Fat Boy' leapt aboard his 'rocket train' (perhaps his limo had run out of fuel!) and hurtled up to Beijing to have his annual report read to him. Mr. Fenby intimates that the 'headmaster' of China does not have a high opinion of 'Fat Boy' from the Fourth Form and was determined bring him under control.
Sorry, Donald, no kudos for you although you at least stood your ground which, I suspect, is far more than your sinuous predecessor would have done!
Jonathan Fenby is China Chairman at the TSLombard research service and author of The Penguin History of Modern China