Abe praises Trump's security commitment after call on Syria, North Korea

North Korea said on Saturday US missile strikes against a Syrian airfield on Friday were "an unforgivable act of aggression" that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons was "the right choice a million times over".

President Donald Trump may have sent the fanatical dictator of North Korea, Kim Jung Un, into hiding.

"If you violate worldwide agreements, if you fail to live up to commitments, if you become a threat to others, at some point a response is likely to be undertaken", Tillerson told ABC's "This Week".

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In this Friday, April 7, 2017 file image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea as the United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for a gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians earlier in the week.

"Armed with nuclear weapons, he would hardly flinch at the attack in Syria", Chang said. "So the president has asked us to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and our allies and partners in that region".

The missile attack came as Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his private estate in Florida, where Trump reportedly planned to urge the leader to take a tougher stance on North Korea.

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

North Korea has been trying to develop a long-range missile carrying a nuclear warhead that is capable of hitting the US mainland, a distance of about 8,000 kilometers.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Donald Trump on Sunday he values highly the United States' commitment to global peace and security after the president approved military strikes against Syria in response to the country's alleged chemical weapon use.

"We feel the increased presence is necessary", the official said, citing North Korea's worrisome behaviour. "And I think even China is beginning to recognize that this presents a threat.to China's interests as well".

Trump "reaffirmed the strength of the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and agreed to stay in close touch regarding North Korea and other issues of mutual concern", according to a statement released by the White House.

The U.S. removed its nukes from South Korea 25 years ago.

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