Tillerson: Syria strike a message to others, including North Korea

Daily News Article - April 10, 2017


1. Name the following:
a) U.S. Secretary of State
b) U.S. National Security Advisor
c) President of China
d) Dictator of North Korea
e) President of Syria

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. China is an ally of North Korea. What attitude did Secretary of State Rex Tillerson say China now has toward North Korea’s nuclear weapons?

4. How did Secretary Tillerson reply when asked by ABC News if the U.S. military strikes against Syria following President Assad’s use of chemical weapons on civilians was also a message to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?

5. What did Secretary Tillerson tell CBS News about the Chinese president’s view of North Korea’s missile testing?

6. a) What latest action have North Korean officials threatened to take in the near future?
b) How is the U.S. responding to these North Korean threats, according to the NSA advisor?

7. Re-read paragraph 7. The reporter inserted his opinion into this paragraph by using quotation marks around the word threat. Why is this bias?

8. From the last paragraph of the article: “A U.S. national security review of options on North Korea include economic and military measures. But they lean more toward sanctions and increased pressure on Beijing to rein in its neighbor.”
Ask a parent: Do you think the Trump administration is taking the right steps to stop North Korea from further missile tests, threats and nuclear weapons’ development? Please explain your answer.