Aggression against North Korea: Russia, China pursue U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 22:59
China and Russian Federation have sent reconnaissance vessels to follow the USA aircraft carrier deployed to the Korean Peninsula, as fears of a military confrontation between Washington and Pyongyang rise.
Three American aircraft carriers will enter the Sea of Japan next week, South Korean media has reported. The US carrier is believed to have been dispatched to increase military pressure on North Korea and urge Pyongyang to reconsider its military aspirations.
Following the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding father, on April 15, North Korea will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military on April 25. Some experts believe that Pyongyang may choose to conduct its sixth nuclear test, or another missile launch, around that date.
There was also a statement from North Korea saying it did not fear military strikes, like the ones done to Syria last week, saying it could defend its "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force", according to The Huffington Post.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated as President Donald Trump adopted strong rhetoric against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The AP said it appears the two navies are hoping to track the movement of US ships.
"President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken", Tillerson told CBS's Face the Nation.
The strike group includes Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy, embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, according to the U.S. Navy.
"US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific", said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command. The command said that the move was created to "maintain readiness" to deal with North Korea, which it described as the "number one threat" in the region.