President Donald Trump listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, now the president's national security adviser, talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla, Feb. 20, 2017.
You just knew that North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un was going to say something about what went down in Syria at the order of President Donald Trump, and what he had to say was exactly what we expected.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated since North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, one of the latest being a launch of four missiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan conducted on March 6.
Abe on Friday voiced support for air strikes Trump ordered against Syria after Damascus deployed deadly chemical weapons on a rebel-held area earlier in the week.
North Korea on Sunday condemned the U.S. bombing in Syria as an "absolutely unacceptable aggression" against a sovereign state and said this justifies Pyongyang's further military development.
CNN reported on Sunday that USA warships were en route to the Korean Peninsula due to provocations from North Korea. Underscoring that point, Washington has recently deployed numerous strategic assets to the peninsula as part of annual joint war games with the South.
Kim, the dictator, has been hinting that an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president and celebrated annually as 'the Day of the Sun'.
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"However, people have now started talking about these issues, leading to greater awareness", he said while addressing a summit. Depression can also lead to suicide, which is the second highest cause of death among 15-29 year olds in the region, noted WHO.
Trump has recently threatened unilateral action against Pyongyang if Beijing fails to help curb its neighbor's nuclear weapons program.
The U.S. removed its nukes from South Korea 25 years ago. The missile barrage enhances Trump's image as a leader willing to use USA military power quickly and in a precision-strike manner - which is exactly the scenario that concerns North Korea most.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, without directly naming North Korea, told ABC News, "If you violate worldwide agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken".
The Trump administration has said all options, including military action, are on the table if North Korea continues to pose threats to the United States and its allies.
Washington denies it has any intention of invading the North.
Another option would be to perform military exercises as a show of force in the region, using strategic bombers and practicing long range strikes, with the potential to take out some of North Korea's key military infrastructure.