North Korea says Trump's airstrikes in Syria justifies its nuclear weapons

The phone conversation between Trump and Abe took place as a ballistic missile test by North Korea drew condemnation from countries in the region and a USA missile strike in Syria ratcheted up tensions with Russian Federation.

"The US missile attack against Syria is a clear and intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn it", a government official in North Korea said, as quoted by the KCNA news agency.

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".

"We stand at the tipping point as North Korea is nearing the final stage of nuclear weaponization of its nuclear material", South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Ahn Chong-ghee reportedly said at a conference this week.

Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday, ahead of the recently concluded summit between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In a call on Thursday, a day after North Korea's latest missile test, Abe said he and Trump had agreed the ballistic missile launch was "a risky provocation and a serious threat".

North Korea considers Syria to be one of its few allies.

Trump talked up the meeting with lots of tough rhetoric about how he was going to get China to fully exert its influence over North Korea or, if he needed to, go it alone, saying Washington could "totally" resolve the issue without China's help.

It claims its nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent to the USA military threat.

Rather than continue its tough talk on North Korea, Markey told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that Trump should ask Xi "to tighten the screws" with economic sanctions.

"Kim Jong-Un loves the public spotlight, and it will be telling if he similarly goes into hiding".

So far, Trump and Xi's talks on North Korea have yet to materialize in a "package arrangement" to resolve the global concerns, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said yesterday.

Wu Dawei will come to Seoul on Monday for a five-day stay during which he plans to meet his South Korean counterpart Kim Hong-kyun and discuss their cooperation against the North's repeated provocations including a possible nuclear test, according to the foreign ministry here.

Trump is expected to urge Xi that China be more active in using its political and economic leverage to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Turkish experts carry a victim of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syrian city of Idlib.

  • Leroy Wright