US sends its message to N. Korea with Syria strike

High-ranking officials told President Donald Trump this week that possible options to respond to North Korea's nuclear program include assassinating Kim Jong-un and putting nukes back in South Korea, NBC News reported.

As an alternative, the U.S. Air Force said it has been practicing long-range strikes with strategic bombers - sending them to the region for exercises and deploying them in Guam and on the Korean peninsula as a show of force.

After the telephone summit, Abe appeared before reporters and said that he told the US president, "I highly value the strong commitment you have shown to USA allies and for the peace and safety of the world".

Abe said he told Trump that he was paying special attention to China's response to the moves because of its strong influence over North Korea.

The statement says the two also agreed to continue their cooperation on regional issues, "including the threat posed by North Korea".

You may recall the recent response to the US and South Korea conducting drills with the USS Carl Vinson, a Navy supercarrier with nuclear capability, being involved.

The Senate's No. 2 Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, says Trump's move sends a strong message to rogue nations, and agrees that the USA needs a broader strategy.

A USA national security review of options on North Korea include economic and military measures.

North Korea was at the top of the agenda at the summit despite being overshadowed by a missile strike on an airbase in Syria.

America's decision to move a Navy strike group towards the Korean peninsula is a "prudent" reaction to a pattern of provocative behaviour from North Korea, the White House national security adviser said on Sunday, as the secretary of state insisted he was hopeful that China would put pressure on Pyongyang.

Kim's government has conducted five underground nuclear tests, two of them in 2016, and is working to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles that ultimately could deliver a warhead to USA territory.

Since North Korea's first successful nuclear test in 2009, the United States has adopted a strategy to "slow, stop, and defeat" the North's nuclear and ballistic missile pursuits.

At closer range, Japan has been rattled by North Korea's repeated recent test-firings of short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in its direction, the latest just two days before Trump sat down with Xi.

A White House official, who briefed reporters on Tuesday about the upcoming two-day meeting, said North Korea is "a matter of urgent interest" for Trump, and Washington feels that "the clock is very, very quickly running out".

"I will be meeting with senior members of the coalition again in the coming weeks and we will expect to discuss these activities further, ' she told ABC TV".

Adding to the barrage of cautionary language aimed at Pyongyang, Tillerson framed the Syria missile strike as a more general warning against global outliers, even those whose actions did not pose a direct security threat to the U.S.

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime", he said on "Fox News Sunday". Many proposals have already been abandoned, but on the military side, sources say, the three options with the highest impact still constitute the next steps.

  • Leroy Wright