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United States deploys aircraft carrier-led strike group to Korean Peninsula

10 April, 2017, 01:45 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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However, just this week, North Korea launched a Scud extended-range missile, which USA officials say was largely unsuccessful.

A USA defense official confirmed to CNN Saturday that a U.S. aircraft carrier-led strike group is on its way toward the Korean Peninsula.

Dave Benham, spokesman for the command, called the strategy of diverting the supercarrier and its guided-missile escorts north a "prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence" in the volatile western Pacific.

President Donald Trump has said the U.S. is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Expert satellite imagery analysis suggests the North could well be preparing for a sixth, with U.S. intelligence officials warning that Pyongyang could be less than two years away from developing the means to deliver a nuclear warhead to the continental United States. So far five nuclear tests have been staged, two of them past year.

"That is not our objective and so the whole reasons underlying the development of a nuclear program in North Korea are simply not credible", Tillerson told the ABC program "This Week".

Earlier this year, China called on both North Korea and the United States to tone down tension on the Korean Peninsula - North Korea by suspending its nuclear weapons program and the USA by stopping military exercises with South Korea that inflame the Pyongyang regime. Then after training with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force in the Philippine Sea, the Vinson patrolled the South China Sea and then reached Singapore on April 4.

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The Syrian Observatory said the U.S. strike on the base killed eight Syrian military staff, including an army doctor. Mr Tillerson will go ahead with his visit to deliver a "clear and co-ordinated" message to the Kremlin.

Analysts have said the Syria strike contained a clear message for Pyongyang that the USA was not afraid to exercise the military option, and there had been speculation as to how the North would respond. The carrier strike group was originally scheduled to sail to Australia until the US Pacific Command changed its itinerary to the Western Pacific.

On Saturday the White House said the USA president had spoken to the acting president of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-Ahn.

The move comes as concern grows about North Korea's weapons testing program.

North Korea has recently tested ballistic missiles. China has always been North Korea's primary ally, supporting the hermit state with food, energy and most of its economic trade.

Mr Trump's show of strength came during one of the most important meetings of his young presidency, as he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife at the Florida golf resort dubbed the "winter White House".

In comments to reporters, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the countries had agreed to increase cooperation in pushing North Korea to abandon its weapons programs, but made it clear that the U.S. was willing to go it alone in tackling the problem. Secondly, North Korea remains under the protection of China and any attack on the peninsula is likely to be viewed negatively by Beijing, something that could prove to be problematic with regard to the other important issues that the United States has with regard to that country.

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