North Korea carries out huge live-fire drills as United States warships gather

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 3, 2017

Japan's Chokai and the USS Fitzgerald, both destroyers, also operated together in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Navy announced.

(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/U.S. Navy via AP).

The submarine's arrival comes as the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heads toward the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

North Korea's foreign ministry said the meetings called by US officials reflected USA pressure that could "ignite a full-out war" and showed that Pyongyang's decision to become a nuclear power was correct.

South Korea's navy said it was conducting a live-fire exercise with us destroyers in waters west of the Korean peninsula and would soon join the carrier strike group approaching the region.

In a show of force, the U.S. is sending the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group to waters off the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a nuclear submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday.

Asked if he had a message for North Korea on Tuesday, Gen. Vincent Brooks, the commander of USA forces in South Korea, said his troops stand ready to fight. The Trump administration is instead seeking to put pressure on North Korea with the help of China.

South Korea said in a statement Wednesday that unspecified parts of THAAD were installed.

Trump calls North Korea a "real threat to the world" and an "urgent security challenge".

Six trailers reportedly carrying the high-profile X-band radar of the THAAD system, mobile launchers and other elements were seen entering the civilian-restricted zone starting around midnight, reports the Yonhap news agency.

However the move has angered China, which says the advanced system will do little to deter the North while destabilizing the regional security balance.

The Hermit Kingdom's nukes are trained on United States military bases in the Asia Pacific and in America, the paranoid regime claimed.

The streets of Pyongyang, however, were quiet for Tuesday's anniversary, which was overshadowed by April 15 celebrations for the birthday of the nation's late founder Kim Il Sung and were marked by a missile test the following day.

On Monday, he said dictator Kim Jong Un isn't as strong as he claims to be, and he blamed the global community for not doing more to rein him in.

In a show of force, Trump has dispatched to waters near the Korean Peninsula what he's called an "armada" of ships, including an aircraft carrier.

North Korean Defense Minister Pak Yong Sik said Monday that "the situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula is so tense that a nuclear war may break out due to the frantic war drills of the USA imperialists and their vassal forces for aggression", according to The Associated Press.

It is unclear whether Trump will attend the briefing, but The Washington Post suggests a photo op with the President and the entire Senate would be a good look ahead of his 100th day in office this week. Lindsey Graham of SC told reporters Tuesday.

The Trump administration has been working with allies and partners, including China, to rein in North Korea.

In the meantime, the USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived Tuesday at the South Korean port of Busan for what was described as a routine visit to rest crew and load supplies.

Admiral Harry Harris, the top US commander in the Pacific, said on Wednesday the carrier was in the Philippine Sea, within two hours' striking distance of North Korea if needs be. The government also states it will be impossible to determine what type of missile the rogue state has launched until it has struck, with the threat of nuclear or chemical warheads not ruled out.

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