USA says Syria strike is 'a message to other nations'

With some observers now talking about the possibility of USA military action against North Korea, a lawmaker from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday said such a scenario was unlikely as a military strike against the North could precipitate a nuclear attack on the South or Japan.

But even as Trump basked in generally favorable reviews of the first direct US military strike aimed at Assad, the president and his lieutenants seemed far less eager to engage knotty longer-term policy questions about the grinding multi-sided Syrian war, now in its seventh year.

"China has a great influence over North Korea", Trump said.

As most of the trading world moves on from Donald Trump's missile attack on Syria, there's one pocket of the market where anxiety is lingering: South Korea. "If America says it is going to attack, both Japan and South Korea will probably put a stop to it", said the source, who declined to be identified.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson warned that the U.S. military strike on Syria is a message to other nations, as U.S. war ships headed towards waters near North Korea in a sign of escalating tensions between the two countries.

"President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken", he told CBS's Face the Nation.

China's top nuclear envoy Wu Dawei will be holding talks with his South Korean counterpart in Seoul to discuss the results of the recently-held U.S.

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime, and President Xi and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", he said.

The U.S. Navy's Third Fleet, in turn, publicly announced that the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and a strike force that includes two missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser were being diverted north from scheduled port calls in Australia to "maintain readiness and presence in the western Pacific".

South Korean and US forces are also involved in annual joint military drills that run until the end of April. The North calls the drills preparations for war against it.

This takes place against the thorny issue of North Korea's advancing nuclear program: China opposes the US deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea.

North Korea has invited a large number of foreign media representatives to Pyongyang this week, likely to cover the so-called "Day of the Sun" birth anniversary on April 15 of the state founder Kim Il Sung. The US forces might even carry out a strike on North Korean military facilities, the Russian lawmaker stressed.

Pyongyang is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the USA mainland with a nuclear warhead, and has so far staged five nuclear tests, two of them a year ago.

Tensions are rising in the region as President Donald Trump seeks to prevent North Korea from acquiring the capability to strike targets in the continental United States with a nuclear weapon.

  • Leroy Wright