Calling U.S. strikes on a Syrian airbase “absolutely unpardonable,” North Korea promised to strengthen its defenses to protect itself against President Trump’s “evermore reckless moves for a war,” according to an unidentified Foreign Ministry official who spoke to North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency.
Defending Syria and claiming that the gas attacks were staged by rebels and not the Syrian army, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Trump’s retaliation damaged U.S. relations with Russia, but now it looks like North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is also on the defensive.
“Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent U.S. military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it,” said the North Korean official, adding that the Communist regime’s “tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot” will oppose U.S. aggression.
“We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the U.S. evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force,” they said.
North Korea and Syria are allies, however, North Korea is more dangerously equipped than Syria to strike out, if provoked.
Adding to mounting tensions in the region are the annual war games, which are currently taking place between the U.S. and South Korean armies and have been reported to be “the biggest ever and have included stealth fighter training and other maneuvers that are particularly sensitive to North Korea,” according to a Fox News report on Sunday.
President Trump spoke to South Korea’s leader, acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn, on Saturday, and both agreed to keep in contact with each other regarding North Korea and other issues.
Also, on Saturday the Pentagon announced that “a Navy carrier strike group was moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula.”
North Korea has been showing its teeth through recent ballistic missile tests and its dogged pursuit of a nuclear program while U.S. Navy ships cruise nearby in a similar show of force.
North Korea now has its military sights, including short-range missiles, set on Seoul, which is the capital of U.S. ally South Korea.
Trump spoke about the Syria strike to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida right after dining with Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying that if China doesn’t do something about North Korea, the United States will consider acting unilaterally.
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