Trump, Japan's Abe talk about Syria, North Korea


"During the China-US presidential summit at Mar-a-Lago, both sides said they were committed to the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula, would continue to comprehensively carry out UN Security Council resolutions related to North Korea, and agreed to keep close communication and coordination on the issue".

But they appeared to reach no clear path forward on North Korea, and the Trump administration's unexpected military strike in Syria - launched on the summit's first day - highlighted an area where President Donald Trump and counterpart Xi Jinping differ sharply.

Haley said the United States was prepared to take further action in Syria but hoped it wouldn't be necessary.

"This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime, and President Xi and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", he said.

SEOUL/TOKYO A Chinese envoy arrives in South Korea on Monday to discuss North Korea's increasingly defiant weapons program as a U.S. Navy strike group heads to the region amid concerns Pyongyang may be readying a fresh nuclear test.

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"While the regional security environment becomes increasingly hard to maintain, it's important to secure the power of USA deterrence", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

Tillerson said President Trump's trip to China would be a "state visit" in 2017, but gave no other details.

"Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent USA military attack on Syria is an action of warning us but we are not frightened by it", the report said, adding that the North's "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot" will foil any aggression by the U.S.

Returning nukes to the South would mark the first USA overseas nuclear deployment since the end of the Cold War.

As the talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his USA counterpart Donald Trump were wrapped up on Saturday, a former Australian politician urged the United States to deepen its links with China.

Last August, Pyongyang also successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) 300 miles toward Japan, far exceeding any previous sub-launched tests, in what Kim hailed as the "greatest success". Its U.N. ambassador, Liu Jieyi, never mentioned the suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, or the US airstrikes, at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday.

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Sailing with the Vinson are the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, according to a statement from US Pacific Command.

Pyongyang tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile this month.

The diversion of the naval strike force from a scheduled cruise to Australia, following a port call in Singapore, comes after several recent missile test firings into the eastern waters of the Korean peninsula by North Korea and amid preparations for what would be the isolated and impoverished nation's sixth underground nuclear weapons test.

'The US has always had all the options on the table from a preventive strike to preemptive strike to negotiations, ' said James Kim, an analyst at Seoul-based Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Trump responded by saying that the missile attack was meant to make sure chemical weapons will never again be used following the casualties among Syrian civilians, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said.

In September, North Korea says it successfully tested a nuclear warhead.

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'The upside is that the United States may be able to denuclearise the North by force. but it will come at a huge cost to the region and to the United States, ' he told AFP.