US sends aircraft carrier to South Korea as a warning to Kim Jong-un’s regime
A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday to join South Korean ships in a show of military force aimed at send a warning message to North Koreaauthorities reported.
The exemplary USS Ronald Reagan and her accompanying strike force ships docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan.
Their arrival marks the largest deployment to date as part of a new push for more nuclear-capable “strategic assets” from the United States operate in the area to deter North Korea.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pushed for more joint exercises and other displays of military might as a warning to North Koreawhich earlier this year carried out a record number of missile tests after talks to persuade it to end its development of nuclear weapons and missiles failed.
Observers say North Korea also appears to be preparing for resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.
North Korea has denounced military deployments and joint US drills as war rehearsals and tests of hostile Washington and Seoul policies.
The visit of a US aircraft carrier to South Korea is the first since 2018. That year, the allies reduced many of their joint military activities amid diplomatic efforts to engage with North Korea, but those talks have since stalled and North Korea this month unveiled an updated law codifying its right to carry out first-use nuclear strikes if necessary to protect itself. (rts)