Seoul, Washington start manoeuvers with United States aircraft carriers

13 November, 2017, 11:40 | Author: Valerie Burke
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In a clear warning to Kim Jong Un administration at Pyongyang, US and South Korea have started four-day joint naval exercises at South Korea's eastern coast involving three USA aircraft carriers on Saturday.

"The future of this region and its lovely people must not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail", he said during a speech in Vietnam at the annual Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.

The four-day exercise in the western Pacific involves three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - and seven South Korean vessels including three destroyers.

The three carriers will be likely together in the drills around Monday, according to a South Korean military official, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

Abe said he proposed to visit China at an appropriate time, which would then be followed by a Xi visit to Japan. The Aegis technology refers to missile defense system.

North Korea has dominated Trump's trip, which has so far swept in Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam.

The rare three-carrier exercises kicked off Saturday and will run through Tuesday in a show of force that coincides with the final leg of U.S. President Donald Trump's Asia tour.

Nuclear-armed North Korea regularly denounces such military drills as rehearsals for invasion and sometimes conducts its own military manoeuvres or missile tests in response. Kim has threatened to hit Guam, an incorporated USA pacific territory.

Pyongyang issued its retort Saturday branding Trump's Asia tour a "warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence", in the first comments on the visit by a North Korean official.

Trump had also delivered a sharp warning to North Korea in a speech at South Korea's parliament on Wednesday, telling the country: "Do not underestimate us".

He further said that it is nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the United States defense industry by milking the moneybags from its subordinate "allies".

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