North Korea calls U.S. strikes on Syria 'unforgivable'

An expert who has authored a book on North Korea said Saturday not to be surprised if North Korean leader Kim John Un went into hiding following the us missile strike against Syria, stating in an email to Fox News that American military power was more than likely something he had "dismissed before".

"We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the USA evermore reckless moves for a war and defend ourselves with our own force", KCNA added.

This year North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have repeatedly indicated 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".

Japan also decided Friday to extend a trade embargo and other unilateral sanctions against the North for two years beyond their expiration date of April 13, according to the Japan Times.

"If we push the button, the bombs will be fired and reduce the ashes", an editorial in the ruling Workers' Party newspaper the Rodong Sinmun said on Wednesday.

Even before the missile test, North Korea's nuclear program was expected to be an important talking point between Xi and Trump. Trump has also often blasted Obama for advertising USA military actions ahead of time, giving the enemy time to prepare and giving up the element of surprise.

"The US missile attack against Syria is a clear and intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn it", KCNA news agency quoted an unnamed spokesman for the North Korean foreign ministry as saying.

North Korea's Kim is likely quaking in his boots over the Syria attack, as Trump is showing himself to be decisive yet unpredictable - a far cry from former President Barack Obama's hands-off approach to foreign policy.

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - The U.S. airstrikes this week were aimed at a Syrian air base, but nearly certainly got the attention of another adversary - North Korea.

North Korea's saber-rattling comes as no surprise since the country has a habit of threatening to bomb the United States and its allies.

There was little doubt the missile strikes would be seen in North Korea as a message.

North Korea on Sunday condemned the USA bombing in Syria as an "absolutely unacceptable aggression" against a sovereign state and said this justifies Pyongyang's further military development.

The moves would potentially be considered if China does not help influence North Korea by using additional sanctions and diplomatic actions. Unlike Syria, North Korea has a means of striking back. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on CNN Saturday, reiterating his role as a chief critic of the Trump administration's strike against Syrian regime targets Thursday night.

  • Jon Douglas