Trump Calls Korean Leader Over THAAD Talks with China

The sudden flurry of action centering on North Korea comes on the heels of Trump's summit in Florida on Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The South Carolina Republican also wants additional penalties imposed on Russia for what he calls Moscow's "aiding and abetting" of Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) in the use of chemical weapons - and for Russian meddling in the 2016 American election. Ben Cardin of Maryland says the administration hasn't been clear on next steps and whether it would escalate a USA response if Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) continues his assault on rebel forces with conventional weapons.

Xinhua also brought up several past bombings carried out by the US, such as the 1998 missile strike on the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.

In Tokyo, the feasibility of USA military action was downplayed, while South Korea said the focus remained on deterrence and readiness.

The U.S. Defense Department announced late Saturday the Pacific Command had ordered a U.S. Navy strike group (USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier) to head towards the Korean peninsula.

North Korea has a long history of defying United Nations resolutions and other attempts to prevent it from developing nuclear arms in conjunction with its growing ballistic-missile capabilities.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the administration is hopeful "that we can work together with the Chinese to change the conditions in the m..."

In addition, the editorial also brought up US missile strikes on Libya, in 1986, and Sudan, in 1998, accusing the USA of not having realized its "political goals" in both situations.

Several North Korean anniversaries in April could be an opportunity for Pyongyang to conduct nuclear or missile tests, South Korean defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-kyun said.

"The No. 1 threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability".

Trump will soon review options for removing the "threat" posed by North Korean missiles, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Sunday. McMaster said of the deployment on Fox News Sunday. Trump "has asked us to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat", McMaster said.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is describing USA goals to defeat the Islamic State group as well as oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) as somewhat "simultaneous".

North Korea, for its part, denounced what it called Washington's "reckless moves" toward war, according to a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency.

  • Leroy Wright