UN Condemns North Korean Missile Test
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 17:19
Gordon Chang, a Daily Beast columnist and author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On The World", said in an emailed statement to Fox News Friday that the US strike on the Syrian airfield "tells North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he must now heed American military power, something that he probably dismissed before".
The White House National Security Council presented the options as part of an accelerated review of U.S. policy on North Korea, ahead of Trump's ongoing meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to NBC News.
North Korea lashed out at the USA missile strike on a Syrian air base, calling it an "absolutely unpardonable" act that only justifies its nuclear-weapons program.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said both sides agreed that the North Korean threat had reached a "very serious stage". The president has already been presented with a plan to nuclearize South Korea. The only thing that could worry the US experts is the capability of North Korea's nuclear-tipped missiles to reach the USA mainland.
North Korea's saber-rattling comes as no surprise since the country has a habit of threatening to bomb the United States and its allies.
"Over the past four weeks, there have been unusually high levels of activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site", said 38 North Thursday, based on recent analysis by North Korea experts Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr. and Jack Liu.
Assassinating Kim Jong Un would not be a good idea.
North Korea is dipping its toe into situation in Syria. He could allegedly also repeat China's opposition to the on-going deployment of the US air defense system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, in South Korea.
The Japanese government on Friday approved a two-year extension of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea, including a total blockade of trade, in response to Pyongyang's latest missile tests.
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.
At the National Art Gallery in Pyongyang - where one room is dominated by a huge painting of the North's women holding aloft the East Asian Football Championship trophy after their victory in 2015 - a guide said: "It is heartbreaking that we have to participate as two separate teams because our countries are not unified".
If the United States was facing a looming attack from a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), President Trump would have to act pre-emptively, Keane told Fox News. A Washington decision to return them would be the first overseas nuclear deployment since the end of the Cold War, an unprecedented and provocative step.