Syria strikes may complicate US-North Korea summit
SEOUL, South Korea — President Donald Trump may have just given North Korea’s leader a new excuse not to give up his nuclear weapons, experts say.
The North has long maintained that its nuclear and missile programs are needed for self-defense against a U.S. attack, with some 28,500 American servicemembers poised across the heavily fortified border that divides the peninsula.
The U.S.-led targeted airstrikes punishing Syrian President Bashar Assad for an apparent chemical attack against civilians were exactly the type of assault that Kim Jong Un’s regime fears.
Experts say that could undermine the U.S. administration’s goal of persuading Kim to abandon his nuclear ambitions just weeks ahead of a planned summit between the two leaders.
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