North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

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".

In appearances on the Sunday news shows, Tillerson said advances in North Korea's ballistic missile program concerned the US the most.

While the timing was largely coincidental, the fact that US President Donald Trump ordered the strike while hosting a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping carried particular resonance given that the North's nuclear ambitions-and how best to thwart them-was among the top agenda items of their meeting.

North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test on April 5, shortly before Xi and Trump met. Kim has said previously his regime is close to developing a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the continental U.S.

Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with USA missile strikes on Syria adding weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of China's ally, North Korea.

"The U.S. missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this", a foreign ministry official said on the KCNA news agency.

The U.S. Pacific Command said the missile from a land-based facility near the North Korean city entered the Sea of Japan at 6:51 a.m., adding that initial assessments show it was a "KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile". However, the White House has not confirmed the report.

More news: Gonzaga holds off South Carolina 77-73 in Final Four

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the launch but said in a statement "the United States has spoken enough about North Korea". Unlike Syria, North Korea has a means of striking back. Still, "the Carl Vinson's move toward the Korean peninsula is probably a decision they made some time ago as part of the Foal Eagle joint military drills".

The U.S. removed its nukes from South Korea 25 years ago.

Trump has recently threatened unilateral action against Pyongyang if Beijing fails to help curb its neighbor's nuclear weapons program.

"Trump's attack on Syria is unlikely to have any significant effect on a North Korea that is already well versed in the threat posed by the United States", said Joel Wit, a senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Washington denies it has any intention of invading the North.

Trump has said China, with its ties to North Korea, should deal with its neighbor, but that the US was prepared to act on its own if necessary.

Related Articles

  • McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

    McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

    Romney's son Josh has also been mentioned, but has said he's looking at running for governor in 2020. "I think it's just that". Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock tweeted Friday in response to a CNN reporter, "He's having a lot of fun with you guys".
    All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK

    All-New Amazon Fire TV Stick makes its way to the UK

    Now, imagine sharing your name with two of the world's most popular voice-activated Assistants, Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri. The move was announced on the same day that Google Home, the tech giant's answer to Amazon Echo, went on sale in the UK.
    Support surges for smoking ban in tobacco country

    Support surges for smoking ban in tobacco country

    Worldwide, between 1990 and 2015, smoking prevalence decreased by nearly a third (29.4%) to 15.3% in 2015. Worldwide, every fourth man (25 percent) - yet only 5.4 percent of women - smoke regularly.
  • What is Jared Kushner's role?

    Bannon, they say, accused Kushner and his cohort of attempting to undermine his populist and anti-establishment approach. President Donald Trump delivers a statement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach , Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017.
    Schalke deepens Wolfsburg relegation worries with 4-1 win

    Schalke deepens Wolfsburg relegation worries with 4-1 win

    After extending his contract to 2022, Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn had to pick the ball out of his net after only 13 minutes. One area of concern for the Bavarians is their level of motivation, which was lacking in the loss to Hoffenheim .
    Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to average a triple double

    Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to average a triple double

    Fans all around the league are showing how much they appreciate the Oklahoma City guard's energy during his historic run. It would also mean that Westbrook would pass Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the all-time triple-double list.
  • Trump, Saudi king discuss United States  strikes on Syria

    Trump, Saudi king discuss United States strikes on Syria

    If Syria carries out more chemical attacks, he said, "that is going to be clearly very damaging to US-Russian relations". At the same time, Tillerson said Assad's fate would be decided by the Syrian people.
    Area schools on soft lockdown

    Area schools on soft lockdown

    Authorities didn't reveal the exact contents of the manifesto, but said it had been sent to the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit. Officials say they have also found a 161 page anti-government manifesto that Jakubowski sent to President Trump.
    Hull beats Middlesbrough 4-2, out of EPL relegation zone

    Hull beats Middlesbrough 4-2, out of EPL relegation zone

    With Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool still to play, there seems no way back for the Teesside club. Those same Teesside voices, though, were soon silenced by three goals in 19 minutes from the home side.
  • Snoop Dogg Inducts Tupac Into Rock Hall Of Fame

    And to be able to meet somebody that gets down and does [things] the way you do it, that's fly. Then, a number of artists paid tribute to him via a performance of some of his biggest hits.
    Stuck out! Ball clings to Molina, Cubs rally past Cardinals

    Stuck out! Ball clings to Molina, Cubs rally past Cardinals

    Schwarber jumped on the first pitch from Cecil, deposited way back into the right field bleachers, and the Cubs didn't look back. LOS ANGELES - Yasiel Puig crushed a pair of home runs, Brandon McCarthy pitched six innings, and Los Angeles blew out San Diego.
    Police fire pepper spray at opposition march in Venezuela

    Police fire pepper spray at opposition march in Venezuela

    The head of the OAS, Luis Almagro, has called for Venezuela to be expelled from the group, which would further isolate Maduro. However it retracted the ruling over the weekend, the National Assembly remains powerless due to previous court judgments.