Abe Praises Trump's Security Commitment After Call On Syria, North Korea

Kim Nong-gum of North Korea battles Georgina Farman of Britain for the puck during their game at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship Division II Group A at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung Gangwon Province

But Beijing is reluctant to go too far due to its fears that a North Korean regime collapse could lead to a refugee crisis and possibly bring USA forces closer to its borders. The North has long claimed that the U.S.is preparing some kind of assault against it and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive in nature.

McMaster described the US decision to send the Carl Vinson Strike Group to safeguard USA interests in the Western Pacific as "prudent".

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. Having gotten through the talks without making any major, specific commitments, the Chinese president would seem to have won some ground - or at least some wiggle room - in the Trump talks.

Among the options being considered, according to officials, is for the United States to start positioning a number of nuclear weapons in South Korea. He had become dismissive of the U.S. Navy and its course of action in recent weeks towards China's ongoing "island building" in the South China Sea. It signed on to toughened sanctions and suspended coal imports from the North through the end of the year.

"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.

"The US missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this", North Korea's foreign ministry was quoted as saying.

The strike group includes the Carl Vinson, several guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser, according to a statement on the navy's website.

If Thursday's strike was a warning to other countries, it was one that Pyongyang, which regularly cites United States hostility as the driving force behind its nuclear weapons development, is quite familiar with.

Al-Assad thanked Kim for recognising the Syrian struggle to "meet such challenges as sinister actions of the world's terrorists and encouraged Syria to successfully weather the crisis without fail", North Korean media said.

Trump veered from his previous opposition for the U.S.to get more deeply involved in Syria's civil war after the chemical strike by Syria earlier in the week against a northern city in the country where scores of civilians were killed. Japan is also closely watching China's response. "China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won't".

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