Published: Sun, April 30, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Carrier group heads for Korean waters as Trump calls leaders

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and other naval vessels carrying guided missiles are in the region and may be joined by the South Korean navy. The Japanese ships that are carrying out the joint exercises with the USS Carl Vinson carrier group are the Ashigara, an Aegis-equipped destroyer, and the Samidare, one of Japan's main warships, which sailed out of the port of Sasebo in Nagasaki on April 22.

Pyongyang said that a strike on the carrier would be "an actual example to show our military's force".

A day earlier it said the North's revolutionary forces were "combat-ready to sink the U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier with a single strike".

Still, it wasn't front page news.

The commentary was posted on page three of the newspaper, just after a two-page feature on its Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a pig farm. On Apr. 8, US Pacific Commander Harry Harris announced that the USS Carl Vinson had been ordered to depart Singapore and sail to the Western Pacific Ocean to waters near the Korean Peninsula, but the revelation that the carrier was still in the Indian Ocean as of Apr. 15, a week later, whipped up a storm of allegations that this announcement had been a lie. It has marked similar events in the past with nuclear tests or missile launches.

The United States and its allies fear North Korea could be preparing to conduct another nuclear test or launch more ballistic missiles.

Moon would did not give out details on how to respond to North Korea's possible nuclear test.

South Korean and US officials have feared for some time that North Korea's sixth nuclear test could be imminent.

Analysts say that the growing nuclear and missile threat of North Korea is perhaps the most serious security challenge confronting Trump.

"We do not seek military conflict, nor do we seek to threaten North Korea".

North Korea's ruling Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Sunday mentioned in a commentary that Pyongyang's forces are ready to sink a USA nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Abe also said he and Trump agreed that China, North Korea's neighbour and sole major ally, should play a large role in dealing with Pyongyang.

Some Japanese ruling party lawmakers are urging Abe to acquire strike weapons that could hit North Korean missile forces before any imminent attack.

Meanwhile, Japan's navy, which is mostly a destroyer fleet, is the second largest in Asia after China's, has already joined the U.S. strike group for military drills as it nears the Korean waters.

In a series of editorials the Rodong Sinmun newspaper - the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers' Party - said the North's forces were undeterred and called the U.S. strike group's imminent arrival "undisguised military blackmail".

South Korea has put is forces on heightened alert.

"If you see him attack a military base, if you see some sort of intercontinental ballistic missile, then obviously we're going to do that".

Estimated ranges of known North Korean missiles.

Adding to the heightened tensions, North Korea detained a USA citizen on Saturday as he attempted to leave the country.

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