Originally posted by @moonbus to Philokalia
I agree that a comprehensive peace process was not on the cards.
There were reports that a portion of the N. Korean underground research facility had collapsed. If that is so, it may be that the facility was so badly damaged that it was not feasible to salvage the nuclear weapons program anyway. Then it might have seemed reasonable to the N ...[text shortened]... warhead to a missile, and b) who provided them with the wherewithal (Russia? Pakistan? China?).
"I agree that a comprehensive peace process was not on the cards."
President Trump apparently hoped that the summit would be to ratify the DPRK's abject surrender.
The US position was to demand the DPRK's complete nuclear disarmament in return for
perhaps an offer of unleashing American corporations to exploit North Korean workers
as ruthlessly as they have exploited other workers in Asia.
The North Koreans are a proud people who have suffered greatly. They are not about to abandon
what may serve to guarantee their independence for a few crumbs from the capitalist table.
"....who provided them with the wherewithal (Russia? Pakistan? China?)"
Why does Moonbus apparently believe that it would be impossible for North Korean scientists
and engineers ever to learn on their own how to develop nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles,
or to make them work together? Does he believe all North Koreans must be too stupid?
(North Korean students have performed well at the International Mathematical Olympiads.)
As for his suspects:
1) Pakistan. The DPRK's more advanced in missile technology and reportedly transferred it to Pakistan.
2) China has no incentive to help the DPRK develop ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads,
which could be aimed at China too. There's been considerable friction between China
and the DPRK, and China must consider the possibility that, in the event of a major
conflict, the DPRK could use its nuclear arsenal as a bargaining chip against China.
3) Russia. While Russia today has no interest in helping the DPRK develop ballistic missiles
with nuclear warheads, there are claims that in the 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR,
Russia (desperately needing money) sold some advanced missile designs to the DPRK,
which its engineers have been gradually able to put into practice.
As a longtime observer of military technology in Asia, I suspect that the DPRK's
development of arms is largely indigenous, though foreign contributions may have been
important at various times.