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Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

South Korea and China will peacefully solve the DPRK issue

South Korea and China will peacefully solve the DPRK issue

Their navies plan to begin the four-day drill, which will involve the three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - in the East Sea on Saturday, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

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

The drills began in waters off South Korea's eastern coast.

The United States and South Korea on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, started joint naval exercises that will involve three USA aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

The drill is also in response to North Korean nuclear and missile provocations, the South's military said, and to show any such developments by Pyongyang can be repelled with "overwhelming force".

The US warships will carry out air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and other training operations, the US Navy said.

Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

The leaders also agreed to continue their discussions next month when the South Korean president will make a trip to China for their third bilateral summit, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

In a commentary released Saturday, the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's official media, criticized the United States for "heightening military tension in the Asia-Pacific region".

It is feared the thawing tensions between South Korea and China could outrage tyrannical North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un who may launch a deadly nuclear strike at any time.

Now, a meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in appears to have strengthened relations between the countries.

The Chinese president also underscored the importance of South Korea-China relations, saying the conditions on the Korean Peninsula were at a "pivotal" juncture.

Though China has backed United Nations sanctions, USA officials want Chinese authorities to clamp down on unauthorised trade along the North Korean border.

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