Three nuclear-powered plane carriers, together with a small fleet of warships and dozens of planes and helicopters, are conducting a mock battle within the waters round South Korea, an illustration of the distinctive capabilities of US forces within the area that can doubtless be seen as a direct provocation by North Korea.
North Korean authorities officers advised CNN’s Will Ripley in Pyongyang Monday the US was more and more taking motion that would “ignite another Korean War.”
“Nobody knows when and how the ‘war maniac’ Trump will ignite the ‘wick of war,'” the officers stated, referring to the presence of the carriers close to the peninsula.
“Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong,” Trump stated. “But look at what’s happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years. Look where we are now.”
Shoring up alliance
Monday and Tuesday’s drills come as Trump is to land in Seoul, the place he’ll meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the Blue House and examine US and South Korean troops.
Tens of hundreds of US troops are stationed in South Korea, which has been a significant ally of the United States, because the two states fought collectively in the course of the Korean War within the early 1950s.
With its giant US army presence, Seoul has lengthy participated in joint army workout routines because the Korean War led to an armistice and ceasefire in 1953.
In a commentary Tuesday, the state-run North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun stated “as long as the US and its followers continue their hostile acts against us, we will further bolster our nuclear, treasured sword of justice and defend our sovereignty and justice with nuclear weapons.”
It stated the deployment of the three nuclear-powered carriers was elevating tensions on the Korean Peninsula to an excessive degree.
The workout routines, in line with US Forces Korea, are designed to “highlight the longstanding military partnership” between the 2 nations and enhance stability and safety within the area.
Euan McKirdy, Sol Han, Jeremy Diamond and Jake Kwon contributed reporting.