wnol.info January 21 2018

North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

January 21 2018, 12:14 | Irvin Gilbert

The missile strike on Syria overshadowed meetings that USA and Chinese officials described as big-picture conversations on trade as well as North Korea, which stopped short of producing specific agreements.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his USA counterpart Donald Trump's first meetings underscored attempts by the two sides to avoid "strategic misjudgement" though differences remained over thorny issues like currency and trade, the state-run media said in a commentary today. The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding. -China summit was upstaged by USA missile strikes overnight against a Syrian air base from which Trump said a deadly chemical weapon attack had been launched earlier in the week.

Sources briefed on Xi's plans promised a package of Chinese investments aimed at creating more than 700,000 American jobs - the same number China's regional rival Japan pledged to Trump during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Mar-a-Lago visit in February.

The meeting comes after President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida last week where discussions surely included North Korea and China's unwillingness so far to press North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un to stop his provocative actions.

With its remaining weapons, Dr Ogden says, Pyongyang "would definitely retaliate" against either South Korea or Japan - both USA allies.

However Tillerson added that the objective is a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and that Washington has "no objective to change the regime in North Korea".

"They recognize that shows our clear determination to crack down on this sort of activity", Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that Salman spoke to the USA president by telephone on Friday.

The possibility of conducting a pre-emptive military strike on the North, highly worrisome for Seoul, has been considered taboo in the past. But it was also a criticism of Mr Trump himself, who Mr Xi had hoped was a man China could deal with.

The New York Times reported last week that the Trump administration was looking to roll out its first measures against China on trade.

China will also reportedly end a ban on USA beef imports introduced in 2003, which will go some way in reducing the $347 billion annual trade surplus with its biggest trading partner, the United States. He did not elaborate.

A senior Japanese military source added: "If the US military was to attack, there could be a request to Japan for rear-guard logistics support but there has been no talk of such preparations". -China relationship and burnishing his foreign policy credentials than achieving a breakthrough. Having gotten through the talks without making any major, specific commitments, the Chinese president would seem to have won some ground - or at least some wiggle room - in the Trump talks.

"I think that's a very important symbolization of the growing rapport between the two countries". Both sides agreed to expand cooperation at multiple levels in order to make contributions to world peace, stability and prosperity, according to Wang.

The kingdom is among the most vehement opponents of Syrian president Bashar Assad and supports Sunni rebel groups fighting to oust him.

China's response was muted.

If Syria had nuclear weapons, the USA would not dare attack it, said Professor Shen Dingli, an worldwide relations expert at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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