Washington would like to have DPRK dialogue
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.
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.