North Korea slams Trump, says he 'begged for nuclear war'

14 November, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Ora Austin
  • President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae In at a news conference in Seoul.  AP

Apart from the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean warships, including two Aegis destroyers, participated in the drills.

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday, in a statement published by the KCNA news agency. Following his "lunatic remarks" made in September, Trump "made his conceived attempt yet again to alienate our people from the government and keep up rivalry between the DPRK and the global society", the spokesman continued.

They will aim to enhance combined operation and aerial strike capabilities and also display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis", Seoul's military said in a statement.

The three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - will sail one by one into the waters east of Korea for the four-day drill.

American leaders, including President Donald Trump, have warned the belligerent regime not to "underestimate" or "test" US strength.

The ongoing war of words has kept several countries on its toes, including the likes of South Korea, Japan, China and Russian Federation.

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The exercise comes after the two countries agreed in talks between their respective defense ministers last month to expand the rotational deployment of USA strategic military assets to the Korean Peninsula to better cope with North Korean provocations.

This comes as Trump said on Thursday that he wants Russia's help in getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. The Aegis technology refers to missile tracking and guidance.

It is the first such U.S. triple-carrier drill in the region for a decade.

The United States has been sending its strategic assets, also including long-range bombers, to the region more frequently for patrols or drills amid accelerating North Korean efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea is not known to have tested any of its missiles or nuclear devices since September 15, a relative lull after a brisk series of tests earlier this year.

President Xi Jinping, where he called on China to "act fast" over North Korea.

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