In an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday, Trump said he would discuss North Korea’s nuclear issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting in Florida later this week.
Trump said he had “great respect” for President Xi and “great respect for China,” but warned that if Beijing did not use its influence on Pyongyang, the US might take unilateral action.
The US president, however, stopped short of talking about what possible measures Washington could take.
“I’m not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East," he stated.
Mike Billington, editor with the Executive Intelligence Review, said the British and US media framed Trump’s remarks as a sign that he could be willing to “nuke North Korea.”
Trump made it very clear during the interview that there would be no more regime-change wars, Billington told Press TV on Monday.
“You have a serious problem in north Korea, but if you look at the perspective of what’s emerging right now, China and the United States are about to form a true partnership,” the analyst noted.
“When Rex Tillerson, our secretary of state, was in China, he even used Xi Jinping’s formulation about that partnership: no conflict, no confrontation, win-win cooperation,” he added.
Billington also predicted that the new government emerging in South Korea will not be part of Obama-era confrontation with China, which, he said, is what the so-called confrontation with North Korea is all about.