Wash­ing­ton would like to have DPRK di­a­logue

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

in­g­ton was mulling dis­patch­ing two air­craft car­ri­ers to the Korean Penin­sula in an ap­par­ent show of force fol­low­ing Py­ongyang’s launch of what it called an ICBM.

An uniden­ti­fied gov­ern­ment source of the Repub­lic of Korea was quoted as say­ing the mil­i­tary au­thor­i­ties of the ROK and the US had con­sid­ered the mo­bi­liza­tion of the US air­craft car­rier to the penin­sula for the joint an­nual war games, code-named Ulchi Free­dom Guardian.

The mo­bi­liza­tion date would be moved up, be­fore the com­puter-as­sisted sim­u­la­tion ex­er­cise that was sched­uled to kick off on Aug 21, ac­cord­ing to the source.

The two US air­craft car­ri­ers to be mo­bi­lized would re­port­edly be USS Carl Vin

and USS Ron­ald Rea­gan car­rier strike groups, which were sent to the wa­ters near the Korean Penin­sula in May.

The DPRK has de­nounced the US-ROK war game as a dress re­hearsal for north­ward in­va­sion.

KY­ODO NEWS VIA GETTY IM­AGES

Taiko drum­mers march through a street in Mo­rioka, Ja­pan, on Tues­day, on the open­ing day of the four-day Mo­rioka Sansa Odori Fes­ti­val. This year marks the 40th an­niver­sary of the fes­ti­val.

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