The rhetoric is getting heated, with an angry, rotund man vowing to take action if he's disrespected.

Oh, and Kim Jong Un is also threatening to strike if angered. Ba da bing.

Over the weekend, President Trump gave an interview with a British newspaper and made some blusterous -- and belligerant -- boast.

"Well, if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will," Trump said in a new interview with the Financial Times. "That is all I am telling you."

The bold statement came a week before Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Florida.

"China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won't."

Meanwhile, a senior North Korean defector told NBC News that the Kim is growing "desperate" and is ready to use nuclear weapons to strike the United States and its allies.

Thae Yong Ho said Kim "desperate in maintaining his rule by relying on his [development of] nuclear weapons and ICBM," or intercontinental ballistic missiles. "Once he sees that there is any kind of sign of a tank or an imminent threat from America, then he would use his nuclear weapons with ICBM," he told NBC.

Trump said "something had to be done" about North Korea, following in comments from his Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said the country "has got to be stopped."

The Times asked Trump if he thinks he can solve the North Korea problem without China's help.

"Totally," Trump said. "Totally."

So we have that to look forward to.