Airstrikes on Syria might also send message to North Korea
January 22 2018, 08:29 | Irvin Gilbert
North Korea called the strikes "absolutely unpardonable", saying they prove its nuclear weapons are justified to protect the country against Washington's "evermore reckless moves for a war".
Trump has recently threatened unilateral action against Pyongyang if Beijing fails to help curb its neighbor's nuclear weapons program. It marked the first time the United States has directly targeted government forces in the 6-year-old civil war.
On Saturday, North Korea has said the USA missile strikes on Syria were an "intolerable act of aggression" that "proves a million times over" that strengthening its nuclear program was the right choice, state media reported.
"They agreed to increase cooperation and work with the global community to convince the DPRK to peacefully resolve the issue and abandon its illicit weapons programs", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said of the talks' results.
One official who was part of the NSC review said he doesn't think deploying nukes to South Korea amid the "war today" state the USA now faces with North Korea "buys more for us than it costs".
Indeed, the Kim family, which has ruled North Korea with an iron fist since 1953, watched in horror over a decade ago and as strongman Saddam Huseein was hunted down like an animal, then tried and executed like a common criminal.
CHINA'S top nuclear envoy will travel to South Korea this week for a five-day visit to discuss nuclear and missile threats by North Korea.
"Ballistic missile proliferation is showing an increase and more countries are acquiring greater numbers of ballistic missiles though it is simultaneously advancing technical sophistication in the aim of defeating the USA defense systems", Hyten testified. Unlike Syria, North Korea has a means of striking back. Many in China fear that a resolution on the North Korean conundrum and the reunification of Korea would simply be an invitation for US troops to remain present throughout Korea, rather than staying below the 38th parallel. North Korea first took the lead with Sung Hyung-shim's goal in the first half, but South Korean Jang Seul-gi scored an equalizer in the second half to save the visitors from a defeat.
The sanctions include a total ban on trade and on the entry of North Korean vessels into Japanese ports.
CNN reported on Sunday that US warships were en route to the Korean Peninsula due to provocations from North Korea. "We are closely monitoring the situation in collaboration with the U.S". However, the U.S.is prepared to make a move if necessary. Among the topics of discussion was the vexing problem of North Korea.
Speaking on a TV program, Ichita Yamamoto, a lawmaker involved in North Korea policy issues inside the party, said that because of the nuclear factor, the United States would be more careful toward North Korea than toward Syria. KCNA said its leader Kim Jong Un and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad exchanged messages of warm wishes and pledges of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The new US administration has repeatedly suggested it will take a harder line toward Pyongyang, saying ex-President Barack Obama's policies that relied on diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions have failed. Xi would have to acknowledge other nations' right to freely pass through the South China Sea and end China's militarization of the various islets there.
Tensions have been higher than usual because the annual war games between the US and South Korean militaries are underway.
A woman walks past a television screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 12, 2017. Accuracy and reliability of missiles throughout the force will vary, but it's reasonable to believe that North Korea has hundreds of serviceable missiles which it can use in the event of a war.
USA aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has been diverted to the Western Pacific instead of sailing from Singapore to Australia, the navy said, amid escalated tensions on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.