Lawmakers urge Trump to work with them on Syria

Cheryl Sanders
April 10, 2017

If Mr Trump "needs to do more he will do more", she said, though she stressed that the primary objective of the USA was to combat Islamic State.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the report said, adding that the North's "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot" will foil any aggression by the U.S.

Pivoting off what the White House considers a successful US missile strike in Syria, the Trump administration sent a not-so-subtle message Sunday to North Korea: Don't risk being next.

But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters that China repeated its opposition to the THAAD deployment.

If Syria had nuclear weapons, the United States would not dare attack it, said Professor Shen Dingli, an worldwide relations expert at Fudan University in Shanghai.

There was little doubt the missile strikes would be seen in North Korea as a message.

The US caught the worldwide community off guard last week by ordering missile strikes on the Shayrat airfield in western Syria as a response to a chemical attack in a town in the Idlib province of the country. It claims its nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent to the US military threat.

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.

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..."

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

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.

McMaster spoke on "Fox News Sunday".

President Trump named U.S. Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster (L) as his national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.

On Sunday, the White House announced that Trump had spoken by phone with Abe about Syria and "a range of regional issues, including the threat posed by North Korea".

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.

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