North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

Apr 10, 2017, 02:01
North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official.

The Massachusetts Democrat's plan, outlined in a letter that was sent to Trump on the eve of his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, suggests that the United States should agree to direct talks with North Korea in exchange for China's commitment to drastically escalate sanctions against Pyongyang if they fail to negotiate in good faith.

North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have repeatedly indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president and celebrated annually as "the Day of the Sun". But unlike Syria, experts warn that North Korea has a means of striking back if provoked.

Wu will meet with South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Kim Hong-kyun to discuss cooperation between Beijing and Seoul on the issue of North Korea's nuclear program, Yonhap reported.

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North Korea considers Syria an ally.

North Korea boasts that is has developed long-range missiles that could reach Australia.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off the Korean Peninsula earlier this week, the latest in a series of recent test firings.

The North has carried out five nuclear tests - two of them previous year - and expert satellite imagery analysis suggests it could well be preparing for a sixth.

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Mr Trump's show of strength came during one of the most important meetings of his young presidency, as he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife at the Florida golf resort dubbed the "winter White House". It claims its nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent to the USA military threat.

The Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494 crossed through the Bosphorus Strait from the Black Sea, according to an unnamed United States defence official who spoke to Fox News.

Mr Tillerson said Mr Trump and the Chinese president "had extensive discussions around the unsafe situation in North Korea".

Russian news agency TASS said the ship had recently taken part in a joint exercise with Turkish ships and was bound for the Syrian port of Tartus on a routine voyage.

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The missile strike on Syria demonstrates "President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line", Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained after the strikes.

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