Following last week’s U.S. missile strike on a Syrian airbase, North Korea is intent on bolstering its defenses to protect itself against similar attacks.
Pyongyang described the attack as “absolutely unpardonable”, further justifying that the country needed its nuclear weapons to defend against America’s “evermore reckless moves for a war.”
The statements were delivered by an unidentified official from Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry and released through official state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Sources close to U.S. President Donald Trump shared that the president was infuriated by tragic images of the casualties of the Syrian nerve-gas attack, especially of the dead children. This reportedly prompted his decision to direct his national security team to rapidly organize a military response.
Shortly after his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, President Trump briefed the media regarding the missile strike.
Trump recently declared that if China fails to apply additional pressure on North Korea, the U.S. would act on its own.
According to KCNA, Pyongyang further said: “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,” and that North Korea’s “tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot” will frustrate any attack by the United States.
“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,” the statement continued.
Pyongyang considers Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s government as an ally, experts, however, caution that Kim Jong-Un has the capability to counter any military provocation.
North Korea’s persistent ballistic missile tests and swiftly developing nuclear initiative has escalated tensions, especially among major U.S. allies in the region, South Korea and Japan.
The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, on its way to Australia, was recently ordered back to maintain station in the western Pacific Ocean, in order to provide a potent U.S. naval presence near the Korean Peninsula.