>> US President, Donald Trump, ramping up his rhetoric against North Korea. Telling the FInancial Times, Sunday, the US is totally prepared to go it alone to combat the nuclear threat posed by Pyongyang without help from China, if need be. His comments also appearing to pressure China, ahead of a key visit to the US later this week by Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
Trump saying trade is an incentive for Chinese cooperation against North Korea. Telling the Financial Times, quote, China will either decide to help us or they won't. And if they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it won't be good for anyone. Adding, quote, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.
Trump tweeting last week, his meeting with Xi will be, quote, a very difficult one. Set to discuss US job loss to China and Beijing's claims on the South China Sea. As well as the ambitions of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un who has made it clear he wants the capability to strike the US mainland.
Trump's Deputy National Security Advisor, KT McFarland, also telling the Financial Times there's, quote, a real possibility a strike could happen by the end of Trump's first term. Intelligence experts, however, disagree with McFarland's assessment, saying North Korea's ability to launch a nuclear missile is years away.