The White House's trade tactics likely will not face a congressional challenge, although new House leadership may force the Trump administration to change its approaches to Saudi Arabia and immigration.
The two sides are moving forward on several plans to increase cooperation, marking a major step toward inter-Korean unity and possibly smoothing the way for progress on U.S.-North Korea relations.
By omitting long-range missiles from its military display, Pyongyang sends a conciliatory signal that Washington acknowledged.
Calling the United States "brigandish" after the cancellation of the U.S. secretary of state's visit is a mild insult for the communist country, which doesn't want to break off negotiations.
The latest 2+2 meeting between the countries' respective foreign and defense ministers reveals that they are still unable to trust one another in a defense capacity, even as they commit to new ways of cooperating.
Characterizing U.S. demands on denuclearization as 'gangster-like' follows the North's typical negotiating style.
Recent reports suggest North Korea was, at least until recently, carrying out various operations related to the development of a nuclear weapon. But that doesn't mean it's not serious about working with the United States.
While Donald Trump's tactics will leave many flummoxed, the case of North Korea points to a deeper strategy in play.
By Reva Goujon