North Korea: Trump's airstrikes in Syria justify its nuclear weapons program

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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. "So the president has asked us to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and our allies and partners in that region".

Bolstering Tillerson's words was the Pentagon's decision Saturday night to dispatch a Navy carrier strike group toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide more of a physical presence in the region.

President Donald Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago last week.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan arrive at Palm Beach International Airport April 6, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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 USA has been picking only on countries without nuclear weapons and the Trump administration is no exception". It has staged five nuclear tests so far and could be preparing a sixth.

(April 10, 2017)( cg ) "The two sides agreed to additional and stronger UN Security Council resolutions if the North carries out a strategic provocation such as a nuclear test or an intercontinental ballistic missile launch despite warnings from the worldwide community".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the US missile strikes against a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapon attack carries a message for any nation operating outside of worldwide norms.

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"Third Fleet ships operate forward with a goal: to safeguard U.S. interests in the Western Pacific", Commander Dave Benham, Director of Media Operations for the U.S. Pacific Command Third Fleet, told VOA.

Over the weekend, North Korea said it was not afraid of military strikes like those the United States launched on Syria last week, saying it could defend itself with its "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force".

On Sunday, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official was quoted on state-run media as vowing to step up the country's defenses to protect itself from airstrikes like the USA carried out against Syria last week.

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense said Monday that the deployment of the strike group shows that the United States "recognizes the seriousness of the situation on the Korean Peninsula". His remarks echoed Trump's declaration that he is ready to take on North Korea alone if China, its main enabler, does not cooperate.

Last week's strike against Syria was also designed as a stark warning against other rogue regimes, including North Korea's, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday.

Earlier this month, Trump suggested the USA might take action unilaterally if China wasn't willing to do more. Xi told Trump that China insists on peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means. "If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don't, it won't be good for anyone". RUSSIA The Kremlin says Tillerson will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday, a move that could point to tensions over the attack on Syria.