North Korea calls US strikes on Syria "unforgivable"

Kim Jong Un loves the public spotlight, and it will be telling if he similarly goes into hiding", said Gordon Chang, a Daily Beast columnist and author of "Nuclear Showdown: "North Korea Takes On The World".

But striking North Korea's rocket response forces - which could rain ballistic missiles onto South Korea - is a tactic with a poor track record.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, meanwhile, lauded the effectiveness of Japanese sanctions, saying: "In 2005, imports from North Korea to Japan were worth 15 billion yen (S$190 million) and exports 7 billion yen".

"We are the same people, so to have had this duel here in Korea like this, makes me feel proud and good".

Exchanges were even in the first half, until the North's forward Sung Hyang-Sim was put through in injury time, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball past the last defender's despairing lunge, sending the crowd into raptures.

Trump has not yet unveiled his new North Korea policy but has said he would press China to do more to rein in its communist protégé and would consider unilateral responses if Beijing failed to step up. North Korea had previously been suspected by researchers of being behind several major thefts, including one previous year in which up to $81 million was stolen from Bangladesh's central bank account in NY, as well as other attempted heists in Ecuador, the Philippines and Vietnam.

South Korea's flag will fly in Pyongyang on Friday as its women's football team takes on their neighbours in the first ever competitive soccer match between the two countries hosted by the North.

On the issue of North Korea, Abe and Trump also "completely agreed" on the importance of solidarity among Japan, the United States and South Korea, according to the prime minister.

"It does seem to suggest that Trump is more willing to pull the trigger than Obama", said Robert Kelly, a political science professor at South Korea's Pusan National University. "I trusted my players".

The group victor will go through to the AFC Women's Asian Cup finals in Jordan next year.

Before picking up their first draw at the Asian Cup qualifying competition, both sides had a victorious start. The hockey game ended with the South beating the North 3-0.

The fate of the two Koreas is now likely to come down to goal differences or goals scored in Group B since neither the South nor the North are likely to lose to the low-ranked competitors in their remaining matches and should each finish the qualifying tournament with three wins and a draw.

Judging by the stands in Pyongyang, North Korea also was not trying to create a friendlier atmosphere.

Still, he thinks it's a bad idea, undermining the USA objective of a nuclear-free zone and "South Korea's moral authority toward de-nuclearization of the peninsula".

Washington denies it has any intention of invading the North.

Trump veered from his previous opposition for the get more deeply involved in Syria's civil war after the chemical strike by Syria earlier in the week against a northern city in the country where scores of civilians were killed.

North Korea has a considerably larger missile stockpile than Saddam did in 1991. 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.

  • Leroy Wright