by Patrick Goodenough, CNSnews:
President Trump has asked his national security team to provide “a full range of options to remove” the threat posed by the North Korean regime to the U.S. and its allies, national security advisor H.R. McMaster said Sunday, a day after U.S. Pacific Command directed an aircraft carrier strike group to the region.
North Korea has reacted with characteristically bellicose rhetoric to last week’s U.S. cruise missile strike against a Syrian airbase linked to a chemical weapons attack, charging that the U.S., “swaggering as a superpower,” carried out an “absolutely unpardonable” strike against the Assad regime.
“The reality of today shows that we must stand against power with power and it proves a million times over that our decision to strengthen our nuclear deterrence has been the right choice,” the KCNA news agency Sunday quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying.
On Saturday, U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris announced he had directed the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its strike group – including a carrier air wing, two Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers and a guided missile cruiser – to sail north to the western Pacific Ocean from Singapore, instead of making for Australia for scheduled port visits.
It was two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean that targeted the Syrian airbase with the 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the attack early last Friday morning local time.
Interviewed on Fox News Sunday McMaster, a U.S. Army lieutenant-general, was asked about the decision to send the strike group towards the Korean peninsula.
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