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North Korea lashed out at the us missile strike on a Syrian air base, calling it an "absolutely unpardonable" act that only justifies its nuclear-weapons program.

An expert who has authored a book on North Korea said Saturday not to be surprised if North Korean leader Kim John Un went into hiding following the USA missile strike against Syria, stating in an email to Fox News that American military power was more than likely something he had "dismissed before".

According to NBC News, top-ranking intelligence and military officials say returning U.S. nuclear weapons to South Korea after 25 years is one of the moves under consideration by the Council.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the official continued.

Abe said he's watching closely how China will react to the North Korea issue, according to NHK, after Trump held his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida.

The North has conducted five nuclear tests, including two previous year, and test-fired almost 30 ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning it from using the technology.

Members of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, known locally as Chongryon, are also prohibited from re-entering Japan if they leave the country to visit North Korea.

"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.

The Carl Vinson Strike Group was making a port call in Singapore and was scheduled to sail for Australia when the U.S. Pacific Command ordered the ships to sail north instead.

"If we judge that they have perfected that type of delivery system, then that becomes a very serious stage of their further development", Tillerson said on ABC's "This Week", when asked if Trump would consider North Korea's development of an intercontinental missile a "red line".

The strike group, including an aircraft carrier, will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, a USA official says. Trump has also often blasted Obama for advertising USA military actions ahead of time, giving the enemy time to prepare and giving up the element of surprise.

The symbolic meeting between the two superpowers came two days after North Korea fired a ballistic missile off its east coast Wednesday morning, which flew about 60 kilometers (37 miles) before coming down in the East Sea.

A third option is covert action, infiltrating US and South Korean special forces into North Korea to sabotage or take out key infrastructure - for instance, blowing up bridges to block the movement of mobile missiles.

The telephone talks between the two leaders followed a similar conversation on Thursday in which they agreed that Wednesday's missile firing by the North into the Sea of Japan was a unsafe provocative act and a grave threat to Japan's security.

Al-Assad thanked Kim for recognising the Syrian struggle to "meet such challenges as sinister actions of the world's terrorists and encouraged Syria to successfully weather the crisis without fail", North Korean media said.

Kim Yong-Hyun, a professor at Dongguk University said the strike against Syria was a statement of intent that was meant for a wide readership. But Stavridis said that he felt it was the "best strategy" should the U.S.be forced to take military action.


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