N Korea calls US strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

It was the first USA attack on a Syrian government facility, although the country had previously targeted the Islamic State group in the region.

"The US missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this", KCNA quoted an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry as saying.

"Only military power of our own will protect us from imperialistic aggression". Russian Federation was not happy with the US, it spoke in defense of Syria and moved warships.

"Right now. he can't reach our homeland, but I am confident, should he do that", said Gen Robinson, who heads the North American Aerospace Defence Command, which provides missile detection and defence for the region. The two leaders publicly played down their economic and political disputes and addressed their common interest in reining in North Korea's mercurial leader, Kim Jong Un.

On Wednesday, Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, the latest in a string of missile tests.

The first and most controversial course of action under consideration is placing US nuclear weapons in South Korea.

Though an assassination attempt on North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un sounds like an alternate scene from Seth Rogen and James Franco's notorious 2014 film, "The Interview", in which the two play journalists given the task after securing an interview with him, it is a "tempting strategy when you're faced with a highly unpredictable and highly unsafe leader", Stavridis said.

Asked if Friday's strikes against Syria were a message to North Korea, Tillerson told ABC's This Week: "The message that any nation can take is, 'If you violate worldwide norms, if you violate global agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken'".

China, North Korea's largest military and trade partner, has shown increasing annoyance with Pyongyang.

On Sunday, the White House announced that Trump had spoken by phone with Abe about Syria and "a range of regional issues, including the threat posed by North Korea".

A third option is covert action, infiltrating US and South Korean special forces into North Korea to sabotage or take out key infrastructure - for instance, blowing up bridges to block the movement of mobile missiles.

The option was revealed just days after a retired United States military chief said Mr Trump could launch a pre-emptive strike on North Korea. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea.

Last year, South Korea announced the creation of a special operations unit called Spartan 3000 to operate behind enemy frontlines inside North Korea.

KCNA said its leader, Kim Jong-un, and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad exchanged messages of warm wishes and pledges of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

But it has repeatedly broken those sanctions. He says Trump has the authority to launch additional strikes against Syria. Underscoring that point, Washington has recently deployed numerous strategic assets to the peninsula as part of annual joint war games with the South.

  • Leroy Wright