North Korea calls US aircraft carrier dispatch outrageous

North Korea calls US aircraft carrier dispatch outrageous

North Korea calls US aircraft carrier dispatch outrageous

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson strike group is heading to the Sea of Japan amid heightened tensions between the US and North Korea and following multiple missile tests conducted by the regime this year.

The US naval move will certainly raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a US cruise missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions. General McMaster, when asked about the Third Fleet's ominous presence, responded.

THAAD, which South Korea agreed in 2016 to be deployed on its territory by the end of 2017, with the stated aim of countering threats from North Korea, serve as one of the main irritants in Beijing-Seoul ties.

North Korea has carried out several nuclear tests and experts predict more could be in the offing as it moves closer towards developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the US.

Last week's USA air strike against the Syrian military, meanwhile, was held up by North Korea as proof that it needs nuclear weapons to deter a similar attack.

A United States aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed toward the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, a USA defense official confirmed to CNN.

When it comes to putting a stop to North Korea's nuclear ambition, USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson said: "The policy of strategic patience has ended".

USA intelligence officials say Pyongyang could be less than two years away from developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the continental United States.

Among the topics of discussion was the vexing problem of North Korea.

This year North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un, have repeatedly indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president and celebrated annually as "the Day of the Sun".

This comes 2 days after hitting a Syrian airbase to punish the Assad regime for a suspected chemical attack.

"There's a saying "quantity has a quality all of its own", he said.

Another issue is that the US's forces are dispersed across the world, with troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, as well as Europe, Latvia, Australia, Korea, Japan, Guam and Hawaii. "We have no further comment".

"I know that is acknowledged by Iraq particularly, by the United States and other members of the coalition". There were conflicting accounts about how far it flew. In response, President Donald Trump tweeted: "It won't happen!"

In advance of summit with Xi, Trump warned that the U.S. would act alone if the Chinese didn't exert pressure on North Korea to stop its nuclear threats.

"This goes to prove that the USA reckless moves for invading the DPRK have reached a serious phase", said a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry according to state-run KCNA news agency, in Pyongyang's first comment since the deployment.

Mr Trump spoke with South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday, the White House said on Saturday.

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