We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My hunch is that the "unexpectedly positive" meeting between Trump and the leader of China a few weeks ago was regarding North Korea.
In addition, my hunch is that Trump was willing and flexible to offer to do what needs to be done in order to help China save face in this situation. He might also have been more flexible about allowing a Chinese-sponsored puppet regime to be installed in North Korea rather than pushing for reunification.
The important thing is that at the end of all this nobody's country has been turned into a parking lot.
We shall see what happens, but I suspect that Trump offered to be the a**hole in this situation and escalate things, thereby allowing China to react and pretend to be the reasonable one. With the US and China playing rope-a-dope with Kim, hopefully this dangerous standoff can finally be resolved.
"It said a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs junior minister invited Park Myung-ho, an official of North Korea, for a meeting. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended the meeting and asked his junior to read aloud the warning to the North over the nuclear test."
LOL, this reminds me so much of the scenes in Korean dramas about the Joseon or Goryeo dynasties, where all the Korean officials have to get on their knees and kowtow when a decree of the far-away Chinese emperor is being delivered and read to them. Before reading it, the imperial emissary would hold up the envelope and everyone would then kowtow to the envelope and remain on their knees while the message was taken out and read.
(Korea at least nominally swearing fealty to the Emperor and being a tributary state -- a situation reinforced by various members of the Korean nobility or government officials being held hostage "as guests" in Beijing who could be summarily executed if the Emperor became displeased.)
I don't think the allusion to this practice would be missed by the North Korean government official.