North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

Calling the the Trump administration's actions in Syria "absolutely unpardonable", the North Korean foreign ministry said that while some observers suspect the strikes were a "warning", the North is "not frightened", reports the Korean Central News Agency.

The country is expected to put on a major parade on April 15, and North Korea watchers are on the lookout to see if it will display its new long-range ballistic missile.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pause for photographs on April 7, 2017, at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., when Trump was meeting again with Xi 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. KCNA said its leader Kim Jong Un and Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad exchanged messages of warm wishes and pledges of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Advisers said Trump was outraged by heartbreaking images of young children who were among the dozens killed in the Syrian chemical attack and ordered his national security team to swiftly prepare military options. -China summit fueled speculation that it was also meant as a signal that Trump may act against North Korea if it doesn't curb its nuclear ambitions.

"We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force", KCNA added. It claims its nuclear weapons are a necessary deterrent to the US military threat.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off the Korean Peninsula earlier this week, the latest in a series of recent test firings.


U.S. Navy ships are a common presence in the Korean Peninsula region and serve in part as a show of force.

"If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will", Trump told The Financial Times on April 2.

Hundreds of foreigners lined up in Pyongyang's Kim Il-sung Stadium on Sunday for the city's annual marathon, the highlight of the tourism calendar in isolated North Korea.

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

Earlier this month, Trump suggested the USA might take action unilaterally if China wasn't willing to do more.

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

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