Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

Nov 12, 2017, 01:50
Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

South Korea and the USA started large-scale military manoeuvers on Saturday off the Korean peninsula in which three American aircraft carriers are taking part.

The three carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - plan to stage "coordinated operations" in worldwide waters from Saturday till next Tuesday, according to the 7th Fleet.

North Korea has launched a stinging attack on US President Donald Trump following his visit to South Korea.

Admiral Scott Swift, US Pacific Fleet commander, said: "This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the US Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region".

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"A touch-and-go situation is prevailing in the peninsula due to the USA and south Korean puppet forces' military provocations", the official Rodong Sinmun wrote.

Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters off the Korean peninsula from Saturday through Tuesday in order to demonstrate the Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier groups as a coordinated force.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea on October 19.

The U.S. and South Korea kick-off a landmark operation in the Western Pacific. Ronald Reagan took part in VS 2006 and Nimitz took part in VS 2007.

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The U.S. Pacific Fleet has a determined and steady presence throughout the region, conducting operations for more than 70 years now.

Trump though tried to avoid his earlier threats to North Korea, was clear in his vows to counter aggravations with military force, according to the CNN.

During his recent visit to Seoul, Trump said, " North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned.

Pyongyang detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb in September after months of ballistic missile tests that riled Washington and its allies Japan and South Korea.

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In a commentary Monday, North Korean state-run media said that "that no one can predict when the lunatic old man of the White House, lost to senses, will start a nuclear war against the DPRK".

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