U.S. Warship Within ‘Striking Distance’ of North Korea

The Sun is reporting that a U.S. warship is within ‘striking distance’ of North Korea and has characterized the ship’s positioning as a ‘show of force.’ Predictably, Kim Jong-un is threatening to attack the ship. Here’s The Sun:

USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group has arrived in waters near the Korean peninsula, where it will join the USS Michigan, a guided missile submarine that docked in South Korea on Tuesday.

Upon arrival today, the carrier kicked off a joint drill with the South Korean navy.

A defence ministry spokesman said: “Immediately after the aircraft carrier arrived in the Sea of Japan, South Korea and the US strike forces launched a drill from 6pm Saturday.”

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The drill came hours after the North launched a ballistic missile in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions.

The drill aimed to verify the allies’ capability to track and intercept enemy ballistic missiles, a military spokesman said.

He declined to clarify how long the drill would last, but Yonhap news agency said it was expected to continue until sometime next week.

The drill will also include a live-fire exercise and anti-submarine maneouvres, the spokesman added.

It would mark the USS Carl Vinson’s second operation in South Korean waters in less than two months amid heightened military tensions in Korea.

In March, the aircraft carrier carried out annual joint drills.

Earlier this week, the US carrier had joint drills with Japan’s naval forces.

North Korea’s state media said the North’s military is capable of sinking the aircraft carrier with a single strike.

The U.S. has made clear that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, there would be severe consequences.

Over the weekend, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, and it failed for the third time this month.

U.S. officials were aware of the missile test and noted that it was not a nuclear missile. Apparently, it might have been able to hit their southern neighbor, but not Japan.

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