N Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified
Apr 13 2017 by Lorena Waters
While China stopped short of condemning the U.S. missile strike against a Syrian airbase, Chinese state media published editorials scolding Trump for his brash action, referencing past American missile attacks that did not achieve their goals. It says the Syrian government launched the attack from the Shayrat air base. Along with its rapidly advancing nuclear and long-range missile capabilities, it 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.
Ivanka is heard saying: "We wanted to make you feel at home". "Russian Federation should ask themselves.Why are we supporting this murderous regime that is committing mass murder of its own population?"
"We have learned that Trump is not so isolationist as many Europeans feared he would be - he appears to care about victims of a gas attack in Syria", said Charles Grant, director of the Center for European Reform in London.
Others pointed out that the fact that North Korea already has nuclear capabilities and the potential threat to US allies South Korea and Japan make it unlikely that Washington would risk military action.
The strike was not aimed at toppling Mr. Assad or ousting his minority Alawite regime, at least, not yet.
He said the United States was prepared to take its "own course" if China did not do more to rein in the North.
But while Trump had taken a tough line on China before the meeting with his "America first" policy, he now realises that pragmatism is in his country's interests.
USA officials blame Moscow for propping up Assad.
US -backed rebels groups have long pleaded for more USA intervention and complained that Washington has only fought the Islamic State group.
The United States launched the missile strikes on Friday in response to a chemical attack that killed 90 people including 30 children.
"There is no emerging doctrine for Trump foreign policy in a classical sense", said Kathleen H. Hicks, a former Pentagon official who is now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Trump spoke publicly of progress on a range of issues in his first US-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.
Grijalva, noting that Trump said as recently as last week that Syria's civil war is a Syrian problem, said that whatever happens it needs to be carefully thought out and shared with Congress. Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told CNN's Jake Tapper.
Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Trump didn't need to consult with Congress.
"The relationship developed by President Xi and myself I think is outstanding", Trump said at the end of the visit.
"Chemical weapons and nuclear weapons are totally different", Shen said.
But according to one White House official, Trump is not ruling anything out when it comes to dealing with Pyongyang. "That's the first time I'd heard them say that".
Assad is also backed in the war by Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, and other Iranian-backed groups.
The hope, he said, is that "we can navigate a political outcome in which the Syrian people, in fact, will determine Bashar al-Assad's fate and his legitimacy".
In a tweet Saturday, Trump defended the USA decision not to cripple the air base by bombing the runways by saying it was not worth doing because runways are easy to fix.