North Korea held dances in the street to celebrate Kim Il Sung’s birthday over the weekend.
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A day after U.S., French and British missiles slammed into suspected chemical weapons sites in Syria, authorities in North Korea – its long-standing friend – held dances in the street to celebrate founder Kim Il Sung's birthday. The North's state media made no comment until Tuesday, three days after the strikes, when a line tucked away on the back page of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper merely chided the U.S. for using the cause of "'anti-terrorism' as an excuse" for its actions.The token response is a notable contrast to last year, when it condemned a Syria missile attack ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump as an "intolerable act of aggression" that proved "a million times over" that its own nuclear weapons program was the right choice.Syria and the North both stand accused by the West of using chemical weapons – in the case of Pyongyang, in the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother at a Malaysian airport last year.But despite the mild response to Saturday's strikes on Syria, analysts say they will reinforce the North's belief that it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself from the U.S.
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