Donald Trump is known for his outlandish foreign policy but his most recent remark would make even the most hardened diplomats shiver.
Mr Trump insinuated that he would like to see the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dead - or “disappear” - and he would get China to do the job.
The Republican, buoyed by his recent win at the New Hampshire primary, was asked on a talkshow as to how he would deal with the persistent threat of nuclear war with North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong Un.
“I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly,” Trump said on “CBS This Morning”, as reported by Politico.
He did not reveal whether “disappear” meant “assassinate” and replied: “Well, I’ve heard of worse things, frankly.”
“I mean, this guy’s a bad dude, and don’t underestimate him,” Mr Trump said, not referring to the dictator by name. “Any young guy who can take over from his father with all those generals and everybody else that probably want the position, this is not somebody to be underestimated.”
Mr Trump insisted that China has control over North Korea and the US has control over China, leading him to his thesis that the US president could orchestrate the “disappearance”.
Mr Trump's proposals on foreign affairs are not limited to North Korea. He has also advocated the bombing of Syria, building a wall at the US border to keep out Mexicans and to re-strengthen ties with Israel.