Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

"Together we have in our power to finally liberate this region and the world from this very serious nuclear menace, but it will require collective action, collective strength and collective devotion to winning the peace", Trump said.

It referred to Trump as dotard, a word the reclusive nation has used on him in the past.

SEOUL-The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday agreed on the need to manage the security situation on the Korean peninsula in a stable way and to resolve North Korea-related tensions peacefully after a summit meeting, the South's presidential office said.

Nuclear-armed North Korea regularly denounces such military drills as rehearsals for invasion and sometimes conducts its own military manoeuvres or missile tests in response.

At a summit in Seoul Tuesday, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In agreed to increase the deployment of United States military assets around the Korean peninsula to step up pressure on the North. Pyongyang described Trump's trip as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry".

In the first comments on the USA leader's visit by a North Korean official, a Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman said it was a "warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence", according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

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Tensions have been running high since North Korea test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and flew ballistic missiles over Japan on August 29 and September 15.

The US on Saturday began a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific.

The US warships will carry out air defence drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and other training operations, the US Navy said. It involves the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

It marks the first time that the country's Navy has conducted a combined training with three USA aircraft carriers.

Marc Short, White House director of legislative affairs, was responding to a question about whether Trump accepts the United States intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation tried to sway last year's election in his favor.

Trump continued to push his harsh rhetoric for North Korea on Sunday, telling reporters that "the world has been provoked" by the rogue nation.

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