A letter home, after the failure of a twenty-first century theocracy.
I think you are probably right on most of that. I wonder and worry that we, meaning the US, have already promised them something significant to get this amount of public backtracking from them, even though it's mostly rhetoric that they can mostly ignore later on. Statements like "suspending nuclear testing" sound great but is meaningless if they have the weaponized warhead. We haven't tested a Nuke in some times, but no one doubts us having it. It's words to elicit one response, while conveying another meaning entirely.