USS Vinson nears Korean Peninsula
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 15:05
As a U.S. Navy strike group led by the third Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Carl Vinson nears South Korean waters, a spokesman for the North's Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League said Sunday, "the five million youth vanguard of the DPRK are hardening their will to wipe out" the South Korean and U.S. allied forces.
The U.S. government has not specified where the carrier strike group is but U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days".
Asked whether a preemptive strike was under consideration, she said: "We are not going to do anything unless he gives us reason to do something".
The USS Carl Vinson has been engaging in joint exercises with Japan in the western Pacific ocean to prevent North Korea from launching a devastating attack on neighbouring countries.
Strong words from North Korea, as Kim Jung Un makes threats toward the U.S.
President Donald Trump said in an interview earlier this month he was "sending an armada" toward the Korean Peninsula. The US and its allies fear North Korea could be preparing to conduct another nuclear test or launch more ballistic missiles. "One is that the peninsula should be denuclearized, and the other is that North Korea can't be allowed to conduct nuclear tests indefinitely, destabilizing the whole of Northeast Asia".
"What's only laid for aggressors is dead bodies".
Japan's show of naval force reflects growing concern that North Korea could strike it with nuclear or chemical warheads.
"If Australia persists in following the US's moves to isolate and stifle North Korea. this will be a suicidal act", a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called the nation a "serious threat".
The US Navy's second Ohio-class submarine, the MI can strike targets almost 1,000 miles away with its 150 Tomahawk missiles, and will reportedly be carrying out surveillance missions once it joins the carrier strike group.
"We agreed to strongly demand that North Korea, which is repeating its provocation, show restraint", Abe later told reporters.
The statement, issued through the characteristically bombastic state-run Korean Central News Agency, came two days before the 85th anniversary of the North's Korean People's Army, which falls today.
Tuesday is Army Day in North Korea and US intelligence is expecting some kind of "firepower display".
However, Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico Governor who has also served as U.N. Ambassador, has previously negotiated prisoner releases with North Korea, and he suggested that the taking of detainees might indicate there's a "path forward" with North Korea.
However, the group said it was unclear whether the site was in a "tactical pause" before another test or was carrying out normal operations.