North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

The ministry separately said Sunday that China's special representative for Korean Peninsula Affairs Wu Dawei will visit South Korea this week to discuss the North Korean nuke issue in light of the recent US-China summit.

Along with its rapidly advancing nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, North Korea has its artillery and short-range missiles trained on Seoul, the capital of USA ally South Korea.

North Korea called the strikes "absolutely unpardonable", saying they prove its nuclear weapons are justified to protect the country against Washington's "evermore reckless moves for a war".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Friday that the Syrian attack sends a very strong signal not just to Syria but throughout the world.

North Korea has said the U.S. missile strikes on Syria were an "intolerable act of aggression" that "proves a million times over" that strengthening its nuclear programme was the right choice, state media reported today.

North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president.

The strikes followed Wednesday's suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held Syrian town which killed 89. Pyongyang has shown no sign of reining in a missile testing programme ultimately aimed at securing the capability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.




You may recall the recent response to the US and South Korea conducting drills with the USS Carl Vinson, a Navy supercarrier with nuclear capability, being involved.

"We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force", KCNA added.

Trump has said China, with its ties to North Korea, should deal with its neighbor, but that the USA was prepared to act on its own if necessary.

Rather than continue its tough talk on North Korea, Markey told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday that Trump should ask Xi "to tighten the screws" with economic sanctions.

A USA defense official said Saturday that the strike group will provide a show of presence in the region.

North Korea considers Syria to be one of its few allies.

In response, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson only offered a 23-word statement: "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile". North Korea denied involvement in that attack.

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