North Korea: US airstrikes on Syria prove need for nukes

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

While the two presidents characterised their first meeting - at the United States leader's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida - as a success, the two sides failed to make any progress on an approach to North Korea, which has conducted a series missile tests that have rattled South Korea, Japan and Washington.

The Syrian regime reportedly used chemical weapons Tuesday against innocent civilians, killing women and children at a hospital.

Despite repeated inquiries from VOA and other news organizations traveling with the president, the White House issued no detailed information on Trump's activities during his five hours both Saturday and Sunday at the Trump International Golf Club.

The U.S. missile strikes on Syria are overshadowing the second day of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng).

Protesters gather as the motorcade for President Donald Trump arrives at at the Trump International Golf Club, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla.

First lady Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan (puhng LEE'-yoo-en), the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng), visited a seventh-grade civics class at a Florida middle school.

US security concerns with China also focus on Beijing's expansive territorial claims in the strategic South China Sea.

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense said Monday that the deployment of the strike group shows that the United States "recognizes the seriousness of the situation on the Korean Peninsula". After the start of the Trump administration, which has reiterated that all options are on the table in dealing with Pyongyang, it is being mentioned more frequently.

China and the USA have agreed to cooperate in their efforts to confront North Korea over their nuclear program, according to a statement released by the White House.

Reluctant to put significant troops on the ground in Syria, the US for years has struggled to prevent Assad from strengthening his hold on power.

They had several rounds of meetings over the last two days.

Wilbur Ross, the US Commerce Secretary, hailed this as "the most significant thing" because trade discussions normally go on for years.

At the conclusion of the talks, Trump accepted an invitation to visit China later this year. "President Trump made that statement to the world tonight".

"There are great differences between the Syria situation and the Korean peninsula situation", Wang said, noting North Korea's conventional military capability to strike back at South Korea in the event of US military action.

-South Korean war games, which are held annually and are now underway, have raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war.

The Korean Peninsula remains technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with an armistice, not a formal peace treaty.

There is speculation then 59 USA missiles fired into Syria were a practical demonstration of the aggression a Trump administration might show in North Korea.

Doing so - even with a one-off sort of airstrike - would be a far more risky move.

Nevertheless, the strikes against Assad's government in Syria - which Pyongyang considers an ally - are likely to have added weight in the North's eyes to Trump's recent threat to act unilaterally against North Korea's weapons program.

Saudi Arabia is one of the most vehement opponents of Assad.

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