US carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanese destroyers
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 17:48
The paper also likened the USS Carl Vinson to a "gross animal" and said that a strike on the carrier would be "an actual example to show our military's force".
The strike group is in the region as tensions spike over North Korea's rogue arms programme and concerns that Pyongyang is planning a sixth nuclear test as it pursues its goal of a weapon capable of reaching the United States mainland.
US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said it would soon arrive in the Sea of Japan, days after vowing an "overwhelming and effective" response to any North Korean attack.
The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force said in a statement that they will "practice a variety of tactics" with the USA strike group.
A U.S. Navy news release says that two Japanese destroyers joined the USS Carl Vinson carrier and two other U.S warships on Sunday, April 23, 2017, as they continued their journey north in the western Pacific Ocean.
Beijing: North Korea seemingly made a subtle warning to China on Saturday of catastrophic consequences to their bilateral relations, as it asked Beijing not to step up sanctions.
Concerns are growing that North Korea may conduct further test-firings of missiles or a sixth nuclear test around the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday.
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It has also renewed threats against regional USA allies, including Japan and South Korea, which both host large American military contingents.
The two Japanese warships, the Samidare and Ashigara, left western Japan on Friday to join the Carl Vinson in a show of solidarity as the United States confronts North Korea over its ballistic missile programme and nuclear tests.
Japan's navy, which is mostly a destroyer fleet, is the second largest in Asia after China's. The Japanese force did not specify where the exercises were taking place.
Two days later, the US Navy announced Thursday that it was extending the Vinson's deployment by 30 days "to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula".
MSDF destroyers took part in joint drills last month with Carl Vinson in the East China Sea.
US and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test, something the United States, China and others have warned against.
Trump said he was sending "an armada" to Korean waters potentially to deal with threats from North Korea.