Trump discusses Syria, North Korea with Japanese prime minister

Trump discusses Syria, North Korea with Japanese prime minister

Trump discusses Syria, North Korea with Japanese prime minister

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the USA missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carry a message for any country seen as operating outside worldwide norms.

"The stated goal of the last test was to validate the nuclear weapon design that would arm all of North Korea's missiles", Lewis said of North Korea's September 2016 nuclear test - its fifth and largest to date.

"If you violate global agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken", Tillerson told ABC's "This Week".

Analysts had earlier said the strikes contained a clear message for Pyongyang that the USA was not afraid to exercise the military option, and there had been speculation as to how the North would respond. What is petrifying is that North Korea does not shy away from the fact that it has an active nuclear-weapons program.

Sen. Edward Markey is calling on President Donald Trump to engage in direct negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as part of a proposed joint effort with China to reduce North Korea's nuclear threat.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, described the decision to send the carrier group as "prudent".

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The "reckless actions" are driving the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a war", a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The two leaders are to exchange their views on bilateral issues and discuss world matters, likely including North Korea and Syria.

Carrier Strike Group 1, led by the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson, is en route to the Western Pacific near the peninsula, as US and regional concerns mount over North Korea's growing military capabilities, a USA official told Reuters on Saturday.

"They've been able to put a nuke on a missile for a while now", said Jeffrey Lewis of the California-based Middlebury Institute of International Studies. North Korea first took the lead with Sung Hyung-shim's goal in the first half, but South Korean Jang Seul-gi scored an equalizer in the second half to save the visitors from a defeat.

Trump spoke by phone about North Korea's missile test earlier with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump told reporters that he thinks China will "want to be stepping up" in trying to deter North Korea's nuclear ambitions.