Monday, 20 November, 2017

Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

Screen Shot 2017 11 07 First Lady Melania Trump left attends a South Korean sports event with South Korean celebrity Choi Minho right. @mint_minho_1209/Twitter
Laurie Berry | 13 November, 2017, 02:42

US President Donald Trump believes North Korea's nuclear weapons are a greater threat than Russia's alleged interference in his election and wants to work with Moscow to counter that threat, an aide said Sunday. Following his "lunatic remarks" made in September, Trump "made his conceived attempt yet again to alienate our people from the government and keep up rivalry between the DPRK and the global society", the spokesman continued.

Tensions over the North's weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test ─ by far its largest to date - and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Currently, he is in Vietnam where he took part in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

"His current trip to our surrounding region is a warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence", North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on state media, Korean Central News Agency.

He directly addressed North Korea in a speech at South Korea's parliament on Wednesday, telling Kim Jong Un: "Do not underestimate us".

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Three U.S. aircraft carriers steam in formation in the East Sea, leading South Korean and U.S. warships during the allies' joint naval exercise on November 12, 2017, in this photo provided by South Korea's Navy.

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Also to be mobilized are 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean warships. The Aegis technology refers to missile tracking and guidance.

The US militaries biggest worry is that North Korea might conduct an atmospheric nuclear test after the regime has followed through on all of their threats to date.

They will aim to enhance combined operation and aerial strike capabilities and also display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis", Seoul's military said in a statement.

It is the first such United States triple-carrier drill in the region for a decade.

The region, he added, must "stand united in declaring that every single step the North Korean regime takes toward more weapons is a step it takes into greater and greater danger".

In recent months, North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the United States mainland with further development and has conducted its most powerful nuclear test.

It has repeatedly threatened to launch ballistic missiles into the waters around the US territory of Guam.

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