It seems that Russia is becoming increasingly important in working out a solution (or, at least preventing the possible death of thousands on the Korean Peninsula).
A former Indian diplomat, M.K.Bhadrakumar, in any article for the Hongkong Asia Times discussed Putin's role. During the past week, Russia held an Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok and its understood that a DPRK (North Korea) delegation qualified to discuss economic issues was invited and attended.
Interestingly, the President of the ROK (South Korea) Moon Jai-In also attended the Russian forum, Following that forum Putin attended a meeting of the BRICS group ( that is Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa ) in Xiamen, China, and gave and in a speech said:
"“Everyone remembers well what happened to Iraq and Saddam Hussein. Hussein abandoned the production of weapons of mass destruction. Nonetheless… Saddam Hussein himself and his family were killed… Even children died back then. His grandson, I believe, was shot to death. The country was destroyed… North Koreans are also aware of it and remember it. Do you think that following the adoption of some sanctions, North Korea will abandon its course on creating weapons of mass destruction? “Certainly, the North Koreans will not forget it. Sanctions of any kind are useless and ineffective in this case. As I said to one of my colleagues yesterday, they will eat grass, but they will not abandon this program unless they feel safe.
South Korea's President Moon at a press conference WITH Putin, also commented:
"Mr. President (Putin) and I have also agreed to build up the basis for the implementation of trilateral projects with participation of the two Koreas and Russia, which will connect the Korean Peninsula and the Russian Far East… We have decided to give priority to the projects* that can be implemented in the near future, primarily in the Far East. The development of the Far East will promote the prosperity of our two countries and will also help change North Korea and create the basis for the implementation of the trilateral agreements. We will be working hard on this.”
It seems to me that this may be a more constructive approach, than promising (and, doing just that) to blow the sh*t out of someone.
* To clarify what sort of projects they are discussing, here are three possibilities:
1. an extension of the Trans-Siberian railway system into South Korea via North Korea.
2. a gas pipeline connecting South and North Korea with the vast Russian oil and gas fields in the Far East.
3.Transmission lines to take surplus electricity from the Russian Far East to the Korean Peninsula.