Published On: Tue, Apr 17th, 2018

Syria strike threatens US peace talks with ‘frightened’ North Korea leader Kim Jong-un | World | News

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The US-led missile strike on chemical weapons factories in could threaten a long-awaited meeting between President and leader Kim Jong-un.

Mr Trump authorised the strike after it was reported Syrian forces had launched a chemical attack on the city of Douma earlier this month.

But North Asia analyst Stephen Nagy told ABC that North Korea could up its security measures against the US and its allies after the attack on Syria.

Mr Nagy said: “I think North Korea is looking very carefully at what they just saw in Syria this week – the attack on chemical weapons.

“They are looking at United States capabilities and what they might be able to do in terms of taking out the regime. Regime security is the priority for the North.

“The has to somehow reach out and demonstrate it is not interested in regime change but a change of behaviour of that regime.”

North Korea has long fuelled fears of World War 3 due to Kim’s refusal to give up his nuclear and missile arsenal to end harsh sanctions on its economy.

But experts have warned Kim will not give up his nuclear arsenal due to fears of being ousted from power. 

Former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen said: “He knows what happened with Ukraine. Ukraine had 2,000 nuclear missiles after the break up of the Soviet Union: it signed an agreement with Russia to see their territorial integrity respected in exchange for giving that up and in 2014 Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

“I don’t think Kim is looking at that history thinking ‘hey, third time’s the charm. It’s going to work much better for me.’

“He is not interested in giving up his nuclear weapons.”

Professor Kim Hyun-wook from the Korea National Diplomatic Academy said: “North Korea will kind of feel frightened or concerned about the recent strike on Syria.

“Clearly the focus of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is how his regime would be guaranteed in security and safety.”

Earlier this month Mr Trump announced he will attend a summit with Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in in an attempt to convince the hermit nation to shuts down its nuclear development programme.

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