US, South Korea to launch ma­jor navy drill next week

Manila Times - - WORLD -

SEOUL: The United States and South Korea will kick off a ma­jor navy drill next week, the US navy said Fri­day, a fresh show of force against North Korea over its mis­sile and nu­clear tests. Ten­sions over North Korea’s take part in the drill along­side South weapons pro­gram have soared in Korean Navy ves­sels. re­cent months with Pyongyang The ex­er­cise, slated for Oc­to­ber 16 to 26 in the Sea of Ja­pan and con­duct­ing its sixth and most the Yel­low Sea, would pro­mote “com­mu­ni­ca­tions, in­terop­er­mul­ti­ple sets of UN sanc­tions. abil­ity, and part­ner­ship,” the

The United States has since state­ment added. ramped up mil­i­tary drills with The move will likely rile Pyongyang South Korea and Ja­pan, its two which had pre­vi­ous warned against clos­est re­gional in the re­gion. any up­com­ing joint ex­er­cises.

In a state­ment the US 7th Fleet “If US im­pe­ri­al­ists and the South said the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan air­craft Korean pup­pets ig­nite a nu­clear war car­rier and two US de­stroy­ers would of ag­gres­sion against us, it would only ad­vance their own demise,” the staterun KCNA news agency said.

- tary hard­ware move­ment around the Korean penin­sula in re­cent days.

On Fri­day the nu­clear-pow­ered USS Michi­gan sub­ma­rine ar­rived at South Korea’s south­ern port of Bu­san, ac­cord­ing to Yonhap news agency, just days after an­other nu­clear-pow­ered sub­ma­rine—the USS Tus­con—left

su­per­sonic heavy bombers over the night-time joint avi­a­tion ex­er­cises with Ja­pan and South Korea.

That mis­sion came 17 days after

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has en­gaged in an in­creas­ingly es­ca­lat­ing war of words with North Korean strong­man Kim Jong-Un, trad­ing in­sults amid ris­ing ten­sions be­tween the two nu­clear-armed ri­vals.

On Tues­day Trump dis­cussed “a range of op­tions” with his na­tional se­cu­rity team to re­spond to North Korea’s re­cent mis­sile and nu­clear tests.

It came days after he said that di­plo­matic ef­forts with North Korea have con­sis­tently failed, adding that “only one thing will work”.

The North’s mis­sile and nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties have made sig that the coun­try’s atomic weapons were a “trea­sured sword” to pro­tect it from ag­gres­sion.

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