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'N Korea blasts US strikes on Syria, says justify nukes'

'N Korea blasts US strikes on Syria, says justify nukes'

The question then arises as to what impact the USA president's willingness to exercise his military muscle may have on China's thinking.

In a call on Thursday, a day after North Korea's latest missile test, Abe said he and Trump had agreed the ballistic missile launch was "a risky provocation and a serious threat". The launches are considered to be in violation with the corresponding resolution adopted by the United Nations.

The North perceives USA and South Korean maneuvers as preparations for an invasion.

U.S. war analysts claim the attack proves the Trump administration is "willing to do military action".

The US has been pushing China to put pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear program and missile testing, but Trump said in an interview published Sunday with the Financial Times that the US would be prepared to act alone to stop North Korea.

Mr Chang said Chinese leader Xi Jinping would have considered the strike as a "sign of disrespect to him".

Now North Korea experts believe supreme leader Kim Jong-un may have fled his homeland over fears of an invasion, missile strike or assassination attempt. The missile barrage enhances Trump's image as a leader willing to use USA military power quickly and in a precision-strike manner - which is exactly the scenario that concerns North Korea most.

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"The US missile attack against Syria is a clear and intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn it", KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry as saying. Japan is also closely watching China's response.

The United States will take its own measures to deal with the North Korean threat if China is unable or unwilling to help, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday.

That strike group, once again, is headed by the USS Carl Vinson.

When Trump was hosting his talks with Abe at the same retreat in mid-February, North Korea blasted an a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile from a mobile launcher that flew about 500 km before landing in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

With some observers now talking about the possibility of USA military action against North Korea, a lawmaker from Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday said such a scenario was unlikely as a military strike against the North could precipitate a nuclear attack on the South or Japan.

Hagiuda, who listened in on the conversation, said Trump did not mention a basis for concluding that the deadly attack was indeed carried out by the Syrian government as claimed.

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