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U.S. warships cause fresh tension in Korea Peninsula

U.S. warships cause fresh tension in Korea Peninsula

"These three carriers are not there specifically targeting North Korea".

From the end of May to the beginning of June, the US Navy sent two aircraft carriers - the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Carl Vinson - to the waters around the Korean Peninsula to conduct joint exercises.

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift described the training as a "rare opportunity".

Units assigned to the strike force will conduct coordinated operations in worldwide waters to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's unique capability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force effort.

Pyongyang detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb in September after months of ballistic missile tests that riled Washington and its allies Japan and South Korea.

The manoeuvers are the first in 10 years in which three aircraft carriers have been involved, reports Efe news.

USNI News understands there will be global participation in the exercise, but it is still unclear which navies will join the exercise and in what capacity.

A Japanese destroyer, the Inazuma, will join the armada, two Japanese government officials said, following a separate three-day exercise with the Reagan and two Indian warships in the Sea of Japan that ended Monday.

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The US aircraft carriers Kitty Hawk, Nimitz, and John Stennis conduct a joint training in the Pacific Ocean on August 14, 2007.

During his visit to South Korea during his ongoing Asian tour, US President Donald Trump strongly criticised Pyongyang and twice referred to the deployment of the three aircraft carriers in the region.

Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Trump reiterated firm commitment to achieving denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and working towards a solution through dialogue and negotiation.

The following is the November 8, 2017 statement from USA 7th Fleet.

The last time three U.S. carrier strike groups exercised together was in 2007, when the Nimitz, along with the John C. Stennis and Kitty Hawk carrier strike groups participated in drills near Guam.

The country's joint chiefs of staff (JCS) announced Friday that South Korea will send seven of its warships-including two Aegis Combat System-equipped vessels, one destroyer and four frigates-to join three USA aircraft carriers deployed in the Western Pacific that will perform their first joint drill in a decade. Both exercises focused on the ability to rapidly bring together forces from three strike groups in response to any regional situation, the navy said.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Thursday confirmed to media that this will be the first time that the ROK and the USA navies stage joint bilateral drills with the three aircraft carriers in waters off the east coast of the country.