Wed May 3, 2017 6:24PM
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US President Donald Trump is counting on the ongoing standoff with North Korea as a way of distracting his domestic political opponents, says American analyst E. Michael Jones.

The Indiana-based editor of Culture Wars Magazine made the remarks while discussing the US military’s second test-firing of a nuclear-capable missile over the last seven days, despite warning the North over similar tests.

Washington has already sent an aircraft carrier-led group of warships and a nuclear submarine to the Korean waters, in a show of force to a defiant Pyongyang. It has also begun deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea.

The new missile test by the US came hours after President Donald Trump said he would be “honored” to sit down for a talk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Pointing to the test’s coincidence with the THAAD missile system’s deployment in South Korea, Jones told Press TV on Wednesday that a military conflict was looming on the region.

“This situation is more complicated than normally it would be, because of the unique roll that Donald Trump has right now,” he said.

The analyst draw a comparison between Washington-Pyongyang tensions with Trump’s authorization of a cruise missile attack against a Syrian base last month.

According to Jones, although the attack amounted to a “repudiation” of American voters it also helped Trump take “the media, the neoconservatives and the Israel lobby” off his back.

“If we apply this to North Korea, I think we are seeing something similar here,” he explained.

“The Trump administration has pretty much been captured by the oligarchs that people voted for him to oppose. How does he establish maneuvering room in this situation? He establishes it, I think, by projecting an aggressive foreign policy,” the analyst further argued.

Jones said Trump’s call for a meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un was also a move in that direction.

“I think this is the strategy, because if it succeeds, it will make Trump look like the hero,” he said. “This will satisfy his ego and it will also get the people who are promoting war off his back. So it will allow him to get the best of both worlds.”