Trump, Xi converge on currency, Syria as US-China ties warm

Trevor Jackson
April 14, 2017

He said that Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at their summit in Florida last week that Pyongyang's "provocative behavior" developing nuclear weapons was unacceptable.

NORTH KOREA China and South Korea agree to slap tougher sanctions on North Korea if it carries out nuclear or long-range missile tests, a senior official in Seoul says, as a U.S. Navy strike group heads to the region in a show of force.

The U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles Thursday night against the Syrian air base where Bashar Assad's government had days earlier fired off a devastating chemical weapon attack that left more than 85 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun dead.

In their 20-minute conversation, Trump said he emphasized the importance of the Seoul-Washington alliance and spent a lot of time during the summit discussing the Korean Peninsula.

According to the state-sanctioned North Korean news outlet KCNA, a foreign ministry spokesperson for the government of Kim Jong-un said, "Swaggering as a superpower, the USA has been picking only on countries without nuclear weapons and the Trump administration is no exception".

The former senior vice foreign minister also said the USA missile attack on Syria could cut both ways - it could work as a deterrent toward the North or it could push Pyongyang into a corner.

Such remarks by USA top diplomatic and security officials come amid predictions of another major provocation by North Korea this month, including a possible sixth nuclear test that some analysts say could be up to 14 times more powerful than the last.

Trump attempts a deal with China on North Korea
And it will continue developing its nuclear program and conduct its next nuclear test whenever its leaders see fit. But Washington has rebuffed the proposal. "This is an administration that unlike Obama, did something in Syria".

"If we judge that they have perfected that type of delivery system, then that becomes a very serious stage of their further development", Tillerson said on ABC's "This Week", when asked if Trump would consider North Korea's development of an intercontinental missile a "red line".

Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, directed the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying ships, including two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser, to sail north to the Western Pacific from Singapore on Saturday, instead of heading for Australia as originally scheduled.

On Sunday, a North Korean Foreign Ministry official was quoted on state-run media as vowing to step up the country's defenses to protect itself from airstrikes like the US carried out against Syria last week.

Trump's vow to act alone if China didn't rein in North Korea, combined with the American president's sudden decision to launch airstrikes on Syria last week, have some analysts speculating that North Korea could be next.

Last week's strike against Syria was also designed as a stark warning against other rogue regimes, including North Korea's, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday. RUSSIA The Kremlin says Tillerson will not meet President Vladimir Putin when he visits Moscow on Wednesday, a move that could point to tensions over the attack on Syria.

"They have indicated that they will and I think we need to allow them time to take actions", Tillerson said of China.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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