Syria strikes also send powerful message to North Korea

Ross Houston
April 10, 2017

SOUTH Korea's flag flew in Pyongyang on Friday as the women's football teams of both nations clashed in the first ever competitive football match between the two to be hosted by the north.

A USA defense official said Saturday that the strike group will provide a show of presence in the region.

"(The U.S. President said that) during the summit, considerable time was spent in discussing issues of the Korean Peninsula", it said.

The strike group includes its namesake aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, as well as three guided-missile destroyers.

There is speculation that North Korea may carry out another nuclear test or launch a long-range rocket around its key anniversaries in April including the birthday of late founder Kim Il-sung on April 15.


The strike was launched shortly after Trump dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the start of a two-day summit that is expected to be dominated by the growing threat from the North, which has conducted two nuclear tests and almost 30 missile launches since past year.

"Presidents before and President Trump agreed this is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the peninsula", McMaster said.

USA military chiefs are said to be preparing for a "war today" scenario to deal with North Korea.

"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.

The US president proclaimed recently that the US is willing to take action against the North should provocations continue and that all options are "on the table" when it comes to dealing with the rogue nation.


Meanwhile, the US and China agreed on efforts to resolve North Korea's nuclear issue, but they did not go so far as to issue a joint statement in an indication that there was no major breakthrough over the matter.

Hwang also said the summit "seemed to be an occasion to reaffirm the strong alliance between Seoul and Washington", according to comments released by the acting president's office.

"But the trade-off would be some kind of commitment on the part of the U.S.to come back into the negotiation process" or scale back military exercises in the South China Sea.

"I think there's a shared view and no disagreement as to how unsafe the situation has become", Tillerson said on CBS' "Face the Nation".

China is North Korea's economic lifeline and as such enjoys more leverage over its maverick neighbour than any other country.


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