You just knew that North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un was going to say something about what went down in Syria at the order of President Donald Trump, and what he had to say was exactly what we expected.
North Korea called the U.S. strike on a Syrian airfield “an unforgivable act of aggression” and justified its nuclear weapons developments as “the right choice a million times over” because of it.
The response, Reuters reported, came from the foreign ministry through the state-run news agency KCNA.
“The U.S. missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state, and we strongly condemn this,” an unnamed spokesman was quoted by the agency. “The reality of today proves our decision to strengthen our military power to stand against force with force was the right choice a million times over.”
The response came with the grand bluster normally included in statements by North Korea.
You may recall the recent response to the U.S. and South Korea conducting drills with the USS Carl Vinson, a Navy supercarrier with nuclear capability, being involved.
“If they infringe on the DPRK’s sovereignty and dignity even a bit, its army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater,” North Korea said through its state-run news source. “On March 11 alone, many enemy carrier-based aircraft flew along a course near territorial air and waters of the DPRK to stage drills of dropping bombs and making surprise attacks on the ground targets of its army.”
As this statement comes, it is worth noting that UPI reported Kim Jong-un congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before the U.S. strike Thursday for “great successes in the creation of an independent and prosperous country and ensuring regional peace and security.”
As we write, Reuters reports that a “U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula,” this according to a U.S. official speaking on the condition of anonymity.
That strike group, once again, is headed by the USS Carl Vinson.