US fleet flex mus­cles off Korean coast

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By Kieran An­drews KIANDREWS@SUN­DAY­POST.COM

Don­ald Trump has sent a three-strong group of nu­cle­ar­pow­ered air­craft car­ri­ers to carry out ma­noeu­vres near the coast of North Korea.

The US Pres­i­dent has spent last week tour­ing East Asia and the lat­est es­ca­la­tion in ten­sions with Kim Jong-un came as he met re­gional lead­ers at the Asia Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) sum­mit in Viet­nam.

The North Korean dic­ta­tor said Mr Trump is “beg­ging for war” in a state­ment to state news. Su­per-car­ri­ers the USS Ron­ald Rea­gan, USS Theodore Roo­sevelt and USS Nimitz are lead­ing the naval group in the show of power by Wash­ing­ton.

The ex­er­cise started last night and is due to fin­ish on Tues­day.

Ja­pan said it would send one of its two he­li­copter car­ri­ers, the largest ships in its fleet, along with two war­ships to join the drill. The South Korean de­fence min­istry said: “The ex­er­cise is aimed at en­hanc­ing de­ter­rence against North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile threats and show­ing off pre­pared­ness to fend off any provoca­tive acts by the North.”

Aegis guided mis­sile cruis­ers from the US and South Korea will also be present and are de­signed to de­fend the car­ri­ers from en­emy ships, sub­marines, air­craft and mis­siles.

A North Korean For­eign Min­istry spokesman said: “Trump, dur­ing his visit, laid bare his true na­ture as de­stroyer of world peace and sta­bil­ity and begged for a nu­clear war on the Korean penin­sula.”

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