N.Korea Rattled by U.S. Strikes on Syria

  • By Lee Yong-soo

    April 18, 2018 13:26

    North Korea has got the jitters about U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria and its wider interference in the Middle East.

    Both the airstrikes and U.S. President Donald Trump's attempts to scrap the nuclear deal with Iran are alarming signs for the regime as it prepares for a summit with Washington, not least because it has closely cooperated with them in the field of weapons of mass destruction.

    Iran "keeps carrying out its missile program despite pressure from hostile forces, including the U.S.," the official Rodong Sinmun daily wrote Monday. "Iran argues that its missile program has nothing to do with the nuclear deal."

    U.S. President Donald Trump complained that Iran's continued missile launches and human rights violations run counter to the spirit of the deal. "Either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw," he said in January.

    Jang Ji-hyang of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies said, "The North will feel heavy pressure ahead of a summit with the U.S., whether the U.S. abrogates the nuclear deal or Iran agrees to renegotiations."

    The Rodong daily said the more the U.S. is bent on military intervention and pressure, the more resolved the Syrian people are to defend their fatherland. "Our people are providing full support and solidarity to the Syrian government and people in their struggle for justice," it added.

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