US, S Korea begin joint Naval drills

12 November, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • S. Korea says it will join US aircraft carrier drill Nov. 11-14

The South China Morning Post quoted military officials describing this as a clear warning to North Korea, which involve three USA aircraft carriers.

Their navies plan to begin the four-day drill, which will involve the three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - in the East Sea on Saturday, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

Xi urged South Korea to take a "responsible attitude on THAAD that stands the test of history", adding that it would be "new beginnings and a good start".

This came amid the US President Donald Trump's Asia visit, which was largely focused on about the North Korean nuclear threat.

Trump's rhetoric combined with repeated weapons tests by North Korea have increased tensions to some of the highest levels seen since the Korean War of 1950-1953. The US 7th Fleet did not mention where in the western Pacific the three aircraft carriers would be conducting their exercises.

The drill is also in response to North Korean nuclear and missile provocations, the South's military said, and to show any such developments by Pyongyang can be repelled with "overwhelming force".


Also to be mobilized are 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean warships.

The US administration thinks China's economic leverage over North Korea is the key to strong-arming Pyongyang into halting its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

It's the first time since 2007 that three United States carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift said on Tuesday.

South Korea and the United States have repeatedly said THAAD only serves to defend against the growing missile threat from North Korea.

Trump had also delivered a sharp warning to North Korea in a speech at South Korea's parliament on Wednesday, telling the country: "Do not underestimate us".

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