Carrier group heads for Korean waters as Trump calls leaders
01 May, 2017, 19:24 | Author: Essie Rivera
South Korea's navy said it was conducting a live-fire exercise with us destroyers in waters west of the Korean peninsula and would soon join the carrier strike group approaching the region. The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan approaches to join the USA aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in drills near the Korean Peninsula, at Busan port in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/U.S. Navy via AP).
Reclusive North Korea said at the weekend it was ready to sink the USA aircraft carrier, which Trump had ordered to waters off the Korean peninsula as a warning to the North.
He said: "The situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out due to the frantic war drills of the United States imperialists and their vassal forces for aggression".
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Washington has sent the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula, where it is expected to arrive - after a delay - later this week.
Instead, the North's state-run KCNA news agency said the Korean People's Army marked the anniversary with a "successful largest-ever artillery drill" under the orders of Supreme Commander Kim in the eastern port city of Wonsan. On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea.
They will take place in the Sea of Japan, and the two allies will also begin joint naval exercises in the West Sea on Tuesday "in relation to the current security situation". China once again called for its withdrawal. The plan is to join the carrier strike group approaching the region.
North Korea was defiant, saying its military was prepared "to bring to closure the history of USA scheming and nuclear blackmail".
"The council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile programs", Trump said. "One of these days soon, he will succeed".
On Wednesday, the White House will hold an unusual briefing about the Hermit Kingdom, with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis and other officials outlining the threat for the entire Senate. The briefing team was to meet later with House members in the Capitol.
The U.S. military started moving parts of its controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday amid high tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. North Korea did launch a missile on April 16, but it exploded within seconds. But he declined to provide specifics in an open setting.
China has been urging restraint by both Pyongyang and Washington.
The drills were held as the country commemorated the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korean army, a significant date in the country's calendar.
"The twisted reality is that China is doing all of this to stop the deployment of a missile defense system, which is only necessary because China has aided and abetted North Korea for decades", he said.
In Berlin, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said through an interpreter that all sides had obligations and "we don't want to see any cherry picking". Three of North Korea's last four test missile launches have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the stretch of water separating the two countries.
In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said THAAD would upset the "strategic balance" in the region.
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