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

The North has long claimed that the U.S.is preparing some kind of assault against it and justifies its nuclear weapons as defensive in nature.

The timing of the strike during a U.S.

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla.

"This was Trump's first major move in worldwide affairs, and it leaves an impression that the decision was made in haste and not without contradiction", the newspaper said.

"The stated goal of the last test was to validate the nuclear weapon design that would arm all of North Korea's missiles", Lewis said of North Korea's September 2016 nuclear test - its fifth and largest to date.

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"They have been doing so many test launches last year and this year to develop systems to transport nuclear warheads", said Kim Dong-yub, a professor at Kyungnam University's Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Seoul. Hagiuda said that given the Trump-Xi meeting, the Japanese and US leaders discussed how Japan, the United States, South Korea and China should deal with North Korea while working with one another.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed the launch but said in a statement "the United States has spoken enough about North Korea".

A U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jet lands on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) aircraft carrier following a routine patrol off the disputed South China Sea, March 3, 2017.

"Third Fleet ships operate forward with a objective: to safeguard U.S. interests in the Western Pacific", Commander Dave Benham, Director of Media Operations for the U.S. Pacific Command Third Fleet, told VOA.

US aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson has been diverted to the Western Pacific instead of sailing from Singapore to Australia, the navy said, amid escalated tensions on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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Pyongyang has repeatedly defied worldwide warnings about conducting missile launches and testing nuclear devices.

The comments were made by a Foreign Ministry official and carried by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency on Sunday.

North Korea has vowed to bolster its defenses to protect itself against airstrikes like the ones President Donald Trump ordered against an air base in Syria. Perhaps he told North Korea's ally it would be a good idea for their little despot to take a hike for the duration.

The strike group has participated in numerous exercises with Japan and the South Korea and conducted routine patrol operations in the South China Sea since its January 5 deployment from San Diego, California, the Navy statement said.

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