North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

Jerome Frank
April 12, 2017

Gone was the tone of recent Trump tweets declaring the visit would be "very difficult" as the USA could no longer tolerate massive job losses and trade deficits. The White House said in a statement that he "noted the challenges caused by Chinese government intervention in its economy and raised serious concerns about the impact of China's industrial, agricultural, technology, and cyber policies on United States jobs and exports".

China opposes the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system in South Korea, arguing it could threaten its security, but South Korea and the United States say it is aimed at countering North Korea's missile threat.

But Trump won't wait forever for China to apply the kind of pressure on the North Koreans that everyone knows they are capable of doing.

According to Spicer, Xi and Trump "reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula, and committed to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions".

"This is Trump saying, 'No, I am a man of my words, '" Goujon, told CNBC. "And I believe lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away".

Xi described the meeting as "unique", and praised Trump for his "excellent preparations".

Certainly, Trump's political and economic aims are centered around the "America First" policy, creating American jobs and substantively reducing the U.S. trade deficit.

Pyongyang said in February past year it was suspending the probe in response to tougher sanctions imposed by Japan over North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

But Chinese commitment on greater market access as a result of Xi's visit really only emphasised the potential for greater USA involvement in China's One Belt, One Road initiative to build regional infrastructure.

As a U.S. Navy strike group headed toward the Korean Peninsula, Tillerson said China agrees that action is necessary to address North Korea's nuclear arsenal, following last week's meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hours before meeting each other, Trump predicted aboard Air Force One that "China will be stepping up" to help the USA put a stop to North Korea's nuclear program.

Speaking alongside Trump, Xi said the two delegations discussed important topics and established a good friendship and working relationship.

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The most the U.S. seems willing to do now is to try to ensure no further encroachment by China in other island and reef chains by suggesting it will not follow the Obama pattern of largely ignoring such expansion of China's military reach.

The U.S. airstrikes this week were aimed at a Syrian air base, but nearly certainly got the attention of another adversary - North Korea. Trump accepted, with a date yet to be determined.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are basically repackaging the existing process of negotiation between their countries.

"Both the atmosphere and the chemistry between the two leaders was positive, the posture between the two really set the tone", said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. -China summit - as did several of his top aides - but they provided few concrete specifics other than China's agreement to work together to narrow disagreements and find common ground for cooperation.

"That was not a major part of the discussion, nor do I recall the Chinese specifically raising it", Ross told reporters.

Trump last week ordered the us military to conduct missile strikes on a Syrian airfield believed to be the launching point of a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 70 civilians.

"We feel the increased presence is necessary", said a United States official who was not authorised to speak to the media and requested anonymity.

Trump asked Xi for ideas on how to proceed, but held out the possibility of unilateral action.

"China welcomes the U.S. side to participate in cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative", said Xi.

The Chinese media, tightly controlled by the ruling Chinese Communist Party headed by Xi, has so far downplayed the USA missile attacks, instead focusing on the positive points of the meeting.

Syria denies it carried out the attack.

"Why have you attacked the Syrian army which is at war with terrorists?"

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