N Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

Military and intelligence officials told the network that the ideas were given to Trump by the National Security Council in advance of the his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week in Florida.

Trump is not Obama and he isn't taking months to plan military actions.

United States officials are hoping the Chinese leaders will convince their ally - through sanctions or diplomacy - to back off.

Council members said they "deplore" all North Korean ballistic missile activity, stressing that it contributes to the country's development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and diverts resources from the needs of its people.

"If they infringe on the DPRK's sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater", North Korea said through its state-run news source.

It is understood that after President Trump ordered a strike against al-Assad's Syria this week, North Korea has become concerned.

"I think a first step could be getting North Korea to freeze all of its activities - no more nuclear testing, no more missile testing, get inspectors in to verify things", Blinken said. Moving more weapons to the Korean peninsula has been on the table since the USA, under President George H.W. Bush, pulled its nukes from South Korea in 1991 to persuade North Korea to let worldwide inspectors into its nuclear plants and re-energize diplomatic talks.

The former senior vice foreign minister also said the US missile attack on Syria could cut both ways - it could work as a deterrent toward the North or it could push Pyongyang into a corner.

"There is a difference between Syria and North Korea", Yamamoto said. But unlike Syria, experts warn that North Korea has a means of striking back if provoked.

You may recall the recent response to the USA and South Korea conducting drills with the USS Carl Vinson, a Navy supercarrier with nuclear capability, being involved.

According to Blinken, negotiation is the only way to resolve the North Korean issue eventually and it should be done "when North Korea is prepared to engage in meaningful, authentic and credible discussions about denuclearization". South Korea, U.S. military bases in the Pacific Ocean and the U.S. mainland are all within range, and could be fired upon at any time, according to the article.

Pyongyang has also put its closeness to Syria on full display in recent days.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that the two nations and South Korea must maintain unity in dealing with North Korea launching ballistic missiles.

  • Leroy Wright