During his trip to Asia, US President Donald Trump has failed to gain support for launching a war against North Korea, an American writer and retired professor says.
Professor James Petras made the remarks in an interview on Saturday while commenting on Trump’s recent visit to several countries in Asia aimed at rallying allies against North Korea.
North Korea has censured Trump’s five-nation tour of Asia, saying all he has done during his visits is begging for a “nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.”
“Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Professor Petras said “the visit of Trump to Asia has not accomplished very much in any direction.”
“He has met on cordial terms in Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam, but he has also attempted to form some kind of economic pact but he has done so by criticizing his allies and regarding China as a competitor and an adversary,” he stated.
“So he hasn’t really consolidated any kind of regional alliance. He has aroused opposition to North Korea but has not added anything to what already exists,” he noted.
“And I think it can be said that his visit has not really increased US presence in Asia, has not increased the US military support for any aggression against North Korea,” he said.
“So overall we can say that Trump’s visit to Asia has continued tensions with North Korea but has not put the US in any kind of position to launch a war with North Korea,” the analyst observed.
Tensions have been building on the peninsula following a series of nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang as well as threats of war and personal insults traded between Trump and the North Korean leader.
Trump, who is on his first 12-day tour of Asia as president, has threatened the North with military action during his first two stops in Japan and South Korea.
Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday, Trump ratcheted up his war rhetoric against North Korea, threatening Pyongyang with “destruction” if it continues nuclear “provocations.”
“We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated,” Trump said.
The North Korean leader ordered the production of more rocket warheads and engines in August, shortly after the United States suggested that its threats of military action and sanctions were having an impact on Pyongyang’s behavior.
Pyongyang says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward the country and dissolves the US-led UN command in South Korea. Thousands of US soldiers are stationed in South Korea and Japan.