Trump using Japan as foil to pressure North Korea and China: Scholar

US President Donald Trump is using Japan as a foil to pressure both North Korea and China with the threat of a military response that could result in a great tragedy, according to Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a statement of Trump about North Korea.

On Friday, Trump assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the question of North Korea “will be solved,” ahead of a G7 summit that will discuss a series of missile tests carried out by Pyongyang.

“We will be discussing many things including of course North Korea which is very much on our minds,” Trump said in the Italian town of Taormina where he held a meeting with Abe at the start of the two-day G7 summit.

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