Korea Start Drills In Show Of Force Against N. Korea

Marie Harrington
November 12, 2017

"USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the western Pacific, Nov. 11-14", the USA 7th Fleet announced on Nov. 8.

The three carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - are taking part in the four-day joint drill with South Korean Navy warships in the Korean Theater of Operation (KTO) in the East Sea starting Saturday.

The exercises come after the US and South Korea in their recent annual meeting on defensive policy agreed to expand the rotational deployment of strategic American military assets such as aircraft carriers, submarines and bombers to the peninsula.

The carriers, already operating in the Western Pacific, will sail one by one into the waters east of Korea for the event, it added.

"The participating forces of the two nations plan to enhance combined operation capability and interoperability through aircraft carrier escort operation, aviation operation and aerial firing", said the JCS.

The military also said another goal of the drills was to "show off the determination for strong retaliation and the firm military readiness", and the ROK and USA militaries' ability to "repulse any kind of provocations by North Korea with overwhelming military power in case of contingency".

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The exercises come on the heels of Trump's visits to Seoul and Beijing this week, which were dominated by the question of how to counter Pyongyang's nuclear weapons threat.

A flurry of missile tests from North Korea this year have raised the likelihood of South Korea using the US-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) anti-missile system - something China has vehemently opposed.

This is the first time that three American aircraft carriers have conducted joint maneuvers in the western Pacific since 2007. It also flew two new midrange missiles over Japan and threatened to launch them toward Guam, a U.S. Pacific territory and military hub.

President Trump's exchange of threats and insults with Pyongyang has done nothing to curb regional tensions and with South Korea and China suited either side of the hermit state, it is in their interests not to push for military action.

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