USA to 'chart own course' on N. Korea if China can't help

USA to 'chart own course' on N. Korea if China can't help

USA to 'chart own course' on N. Korea if China can't help

"The U.S. missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this", a foreign ministry official said on the KCNA news agency.

A White House official, who briefed reporters on Tuesday about the upcoming two-day meeting, said North Korea is "a matter of urgent interest" for Trump, and Washington feels that "the clock is very, very quickly running out".

Such closer cooperation could include tighter enforcement of global trade sanctions - nearly all of North Korea's trade passes through China - along with a crackdown on the North's ability to use the worldwide financial system and heavy punishments or exclusion from the financial world for those who deal with the North.

Trump ordered the strike in Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack on Syrians.

North Korea is not afraid of President Donald Trump's strikes on Syria, a state-run media outlet said Sunday.

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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.

"We assess that they were relatively successful talks that laid the groundwork for cooperation between the two leaders and the development of the U.S".

Washington denies it has any intention of invading the North.

The U.S.is running out of options in dealing with the threat posed by the North Korean leader. The exercises this year are the biggest ever and have included stealth fighter training and other maneuvers that are particularly sensitive to North Korea.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated since North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, one of the latest being a launch of four missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan conducted on March 6.

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The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official.

Communist leaders in the North are believed to view Assad as a key ally in their decades long struggle with the west. Unlike Syria, North Korea has a means of striking back.

Along with its rapidly advancing nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, the North has its artillery and short-range missiles trained on Seoul, the capital of US ally South Korea and a city of more than 10 million people.

Abe said he and Trump also "frankly exchanged opinions" over the issue of Syria as well as North Korea, following Thursday's US military strike on a Syrian military airfield from which a chemical attack was allegedly launched, killing dozens of civilians including children.

North Korea has pledged to bolster its defenses to protect against such airstrikes.

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