Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

North Korea calls United States aircraft carrier dispatch outrageous

North Korea has denounced last week's missile strikes on Syria as "an undisguised act of aggression against a sovereign state" and one that justified "a million times over" the North's push towards a credible nuclear deterrent.

"North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior", McMaster said, "This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime".

North Korea's formal name is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The message that any nation can take is if you violate global norms, if you violate worldwide 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", he said.

In a bustling week at the Pentagon and White House, American officials worked up plans to batter the Syrian airfield and prep for the president's meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping that began Thursday at Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida.

A US naval fleet moving toward the Korean peninsula has alarmed South Korean politicians, who warn Washington against any unilateral action targeting Pyongyang.

The group was based in Singapore and was originally headed to Australia, but following North Korea's testing of a liquid-fuelled ballistic missile.

In February the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on U.S. bases in the neighboring Asian country. The regime also has recently conducted several missile engine tests as it works to improve its ballistic missile technology.

On Sunday, Fox News quoted a North Korean Foreign Military official who expressed continuing anger over the Syrian strike, which Kim Jong-Un reportedly considers "absolutely unpardonable" and evidence that his nuclear development is necessary.

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - China and South Korea agreed on Monday to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul said. The U.S. has established hundreds of military bases in the Pacific, creating a ring around China that Beijing fears could allow it to cut off trade routes preventing imports, including of oil. Since March, North Korea has twice carried out ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations resolutions.

Last week's US air strike against the Syrian military, meanwhile, was held up by North Korea as proof that it needs nuclear weapons to deter a similar attack.

China's Global Times stated Monday that while North Korea is not likely to become the "next Syria", the state tabloid warned Pyongyang against further provocations, including a sixth nuclear test, which could only invite more USA military action.

South Korea's top nuclear envoy made the comment after talks with his Chinese counterpart Wu Dawei.

"We're exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures".

If he clinches the presidency in South Korea's national election next month, Moon, a member of the Democratic Party of Korea, is expected to pursue a strategy of engagement with Pyongyang.

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