US President Donald Trump had held a bilateral meeting on Friday with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during which he said that the ‘big problem, world’s problem’ of North Korea will be ‘solved’ and also said that “you can bet on that”.
We all know about the increasingly belligerent tension rising in the Korean peninsula due to continuous missile and nuclear tests and perils which have been a matter of concern for neighbouring countries as well as the USA. During a meeting with Abe, Trump said that the “problem” of an increasingly belligerent North Korea would be “solved”. “It’s a big problem, it’s a world problem,” he said in the Sicilian town of Taormina, just weeks after he called North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un a “madman with nuclear weapons”. Trump also said that at some point, the problem will be solved and ‘one can bet on that’!
Trump and Abe are at the G7 summit in Sicily, the final stop on Trump’s first foreign trip as president. North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is seen as a major security challenge for Trump, who has vowed to prevent the country from being able to hit the United States with a nuclear missile. It has bothered Trump so much that he along with leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States will talk about North Korea at the Sicily summit.
Japan, being a physically close, politically rival to North Korea, is very tensed about the back-to-back tests conducted in North Korea. ‘Comforting’ the Japanese PM Abe, Trump said that at some point, this global problem will be solved. Abe, for his part, congratulated Trump on his “very successful” trip to the Middle East and to Thursday’s NATO summit. But what Abe really should have asked is – how? How will Trump ‘solve’ the ‘problem’? How can he control the ‘madman with nuclear weapons’? We don’t know how or when, but we can still bet on it.