Tillerson Says Missile Strikes Carry a Message for Others

Posted April 14, 2017

According to the state-sanctioned North Korean news outlet KCNA, a foreign ministry spokesperson for the government of Kim Jong-un said, "Swaggering as a superpower, the U.S. has been picking only on countries without nuclear weapons and the Trump administration is no exception". McMaster said of the deployment on Fox News Sunday. The North has long claimed that the U.S.is preparing some kind of assault against it and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive.

He says he thinks Xi "wants to help us with North Korea", Trump said of Xi, crediting China with taking a "big step" by turning back boats of coal that North Korea sells to its northern neighbor. At that time, Trump told Abe that the United States considers that all options are on the table in dealing with the North.

On Sunday's political talk shows, top officials in President Trump's administration gave different assessments of Trump's goals in Syria and involving Russian Federation, following his Thursday strike on one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air bases.

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

"If you violate global 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", Tillerson told ABC's "This Week".

Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm
It was already deployed to the peninsula a month ago to participate in the annual military exercises with South Korea. He said a United States declaration of Chinese manipulation could jeopardize talks on North Korea.

Trump, Suggests Susan Rice Committed Crime, offering no evidence
Leaking classified information can be a criminal offense, which Rice denied doing - "I leaked nothing to nobody", she told MSNBC. She would not say whether she asked for names to be unmasked, or whether she sought intelligence reports on Trump's associates.

Great Barrier Reef sees back-to-back years of mass bleaching
The same approach has been used to examine the effects of three previous bleaching events in 1998, 2002, and 2016. Hughes and his team conducted the aerial survey that confirmed both 2016 and 2017 bleaching events.

Trump will soon review options for removing the "threat" posed by North Korean missiles, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on Sunday. Hagiuda said that given the Trump-Xi meeting, the Japanese and US leaders discussed how Japan, the United States, South Korea and China should deal with North Korea while working with one another. Meanwhile, in response to the increased tensions in the region, the US has responded by sending an aircraft carrier group close to the Korean peninsula.

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, directed the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying ships, including two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser, to sail north to the Western Pacific from Singapore on Saturday, instead of heading for Australia as originally scheduled.

Wu Dawei, China's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs, will meet with his South Korean counterpart later on Monday to discuss the nuclear issue, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

The former senior vice foreign minister also said the USA missile attack on Syria could cut both ways - it could work as a deterrent toward the North or it could push Pyongyang into a corner.

North Korea is expected to hold a huge military parade on April 15 to celebrate the 105th birthday of its founding president, Kim Il Sung, and to mark the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Korean People's Army on April 25 with similar fanfare.