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U.S. Carrier Diverts to North Asia Amid North Korea Tension

10 April 2017

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is describing USA goals to defeat the Islamic State group as well as oust Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) as somewhat "simultaneous".

North Korea is not afraid of President Donald Trump's strikes on Syria, a state-run media outlet said Sunday.

In a call on Thursday, a day after North Korea's latest missile test, Abe said he and Trump had agreed the ballistic missile launch was "a risky provocation and a serious threat".

Two days after hitting a Syrian airbase to punish the Assad regime for a suspected chemical attack, the U.S. is flexing its military muscle again - this time for the attention of North Korea.

The missile attack came as Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his private estate in Florida, where Trump reportedly planned to urge the leader to take a tougher stance on North Korea.

The country on Saturday decried the US military strike against an air base in western Syria, saying the "unforgivable" attack justified North Korea's growing nuclear weapons program.

South Korea on Friday lauded the summit agreement between the US and Chinese leaders to work closely together to convince North Korea to curb its nuclear program.

North Korea has been trying to develop a long-range missile carrying a nuclear warhead that is capable of hitting the US mainland, a distance of about 8,000 kilometers.

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said both sides agreed that the North Korean threat had reached a "very serious stage".

And now, experts agree, North Korea is closing in on the ability to hit the United States with a missile, a goal that for decades has been the subject of Pyongyang's vivid propaganda posters.

When Trump was hosting his talks with Abe at the same retreat in mid-February, North Korea blasted an a surface-to-surface medium long-range ballistic missile from a mobile launcher that flew about 500 km before landing in the waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula.

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 USA ally South Korea and a city of more than 10 million people.

Trump has not yet unveiled his new North Korea policy but has said he would press China to do more to rein in its communist protégé and would consider unilateral responses if Beijing failed to step up.

Others pointed out that the fact that North Korea already has nuclear capabilities and the potential threat to USA allies South Korea and Japan make it unlikely that Washington would risk military action.

Washington denies it has any intention of invading the North. -South Korean joint military exercises.

U.S. Carrier Diverts to North Asia Amid North Korea Tension