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US Navy orders third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier into North Korean waters

Monday - 29/05/2017 15:38
The US Navy has reportedly ordered a third nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to join the San Diego-based USS Carl Vinson off North Korea amid increasing tensions.
President Donald Trump has called North Korean’s latest missile test a slap in the face for its main ally China. Picture: AP/Luca Bruno
President Donald Trump has called North Korean’s latest missile test a slap in the face for its main ally China. Picture: AP/Luca Bruno

Sources told news outlet the Voice of America that the USS Nimitz, which has scope to carry 90 aircraft, would join the Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan in the volatile region.

The Times of San Diego reported that the navy rarely deploys three aircraft carriers to the same region.

The decision comes as North Korea has stepped up missile testing and vowed to develop weapons that can strike the United States.

(The USS Nimitz (pictured) has been ordered to join to other US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers into waters off North Korea. Picture: AFP/US Navy/MC SPC2nd Class Z.A. Landers
(The USS Nimitz (pictured) has been ordered to join to other US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers into waters off North Korea. Picture: AFP/US Navy/MC SPC2nd Class Z.A. LandersSource:AFP

TRUMP SLAMS N KOREA MISSILE TEST

Earlier, US President Donald Trump called North Korea’s latest missile test a slap in the face for its main ally China, which the US leader praised for trying to rein in the regime.

“North Korea has shown great disrespect for their neighbour, China, by shooting off yet another ballistic missile ... but China is trying hard!” Mr Trump said in a tweet.

North Korea launched its 12th ballistic missile test this year on Monday, this one falling provocatively close to Japan.

South Korea’s military said the Scud-type missile travelled for 450 kilometres, and Japan said it was estimated to have fallen into its exclusive economic zone, extending 200 nautical miles (320km) from the coast.

The test was carried out in defiance of UN sanctions warnings, amid fears that Pyongyang may conduct another nuclear test.

Trump declared at the G7 summit last week that the “big problem” of North Korea “will be solved” and has previously warned that no option is off the table.

But so far Washington has opted for sanctions and diplomatic pressure, looking to China, the North’s closest ally, to step up economic pressure on Pyongyang.

In an interview with US network CBS overnight before the latest launch, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic.”

Japan’s prime minister has vowed to take “specific action” after North Korea launched another missile that plunged into the Sea of Japan.JAPAN VOWS TO TAKE ACTION

“As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community,” Shinzo Abe said in a televised address on Monday. “Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea.”

It also lodged a protest against the test-firing of the missile, the third this month as Pyongyang ramps up its efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to take “specific action” against North Korea. Picture: Muneyuki Tomari/Kyodo News via AP
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to take “specific action” against North Korea. Picture: Muneyuki Tomari/Kyodo News via APSource:AP

China and Russia condemned the rocket firing but called for restraint.

Saying the UN Security Council has “clear rules” about the use of missiles, China urged North Korea not to violate them.

“The situation on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive, and we hope all relevant sides maintain calm and exercise restraint, ease the tense situation as soon as possible and put the issue back onto the correct track of peaceful dialogue,” China’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Kremlin called on countries in the region to refrain from “military activity,” a Russian news agency quoted the deputy foreign minister as saying.

Kim Jong-un inspects the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system. Picture: AFP/KCNA via KNS/STR
Kim Jong-un inspects the test of a new anti-aircraft guided weapon system. Picture: AFP/KCNA via KNS/STRSource:AFP

 

Source: News Corp Australia Network:

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