US and South Korea Conduct Large Military Drills In Waters Near Korean Peninsula

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US and South Korea Conduct Large Military Drills In Waters Near Korean Peninsula

Fighter jets on the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan in Hong Kong this month. The United States and South Korea started a 10-day joint naval exercise on Monday in which the carrier is taking part. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press

About 40 ships, including the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, are conducting training maneuvers in the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan. Nuclear-powered USS Tucson and USS Michigan submarines are also at port in South Korea.

According to Yonhap news agency, US strike team will conduct the training along with the South Korean warships and aviation, including the Sejong the Great Aegis ship and P-3 “Orion” anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. F-15K, FA-18 and A-10 jets will also to take part in the drills, along with Apache AH-64E, Lynx and AW-159 Wild Cat helicopters.

The US also deployed a Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) plane to closely monitor the North Korea’s ground and naval forces. The maneuvers will go on until October 20.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is en route to the western Pacific, possibly to join USS Ronald Reagan.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen sharply in recent weeks following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang, including its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and two missile launches over Japan.

Despite North Korean threats to shoot down American planes flying near the Korean Peninsula outside of the country’s airspace border, following a war of words between North Korean and US leaders, the US and South Korean planes are still conducting reconnaissance.

The US are increasing their presence in the region, wary of the fact that the new missile may be able to reach the US West Coast, according to russian lawmaker who returned from a visit to Pyongyang earlier this month. South Korea has been actively looking to increase its defensive capabilities against the North, hence the US setting up Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Systems (THAAD) in the region.

South Korean intelligence officials and analysts have said that North Korea might time its next provocation to coincide with China’s Communist Party Congress which begins on October 18.

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  • Zainab Ali

    fake security to one of its many zio lapdogs worldwide

  • IH8Lies

    Utter madness, why is the US bent on provoking North Korea?
    This could of been resolved months ago, but the US keeps pushing.
    There will be no winner here if war resumes.

  • George King

    If this is true “Nuclear-powered USS Tucson and USS Michigan submarines are also at port in South Korea” the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Systems (THAAD) is useless against torpedoes, disguised suicide boat attack ect. Why do I suspect a Pearl Harbor false flag? The “Pivot to Asia” may become a watery graveyard? You just can’t make this sh*t up.

    • Solomon Krupacek

      Why do I suspect a Pearl Harbor false flag?

      because you eat too much LSD

      • George King

        Watching an Empire trashing about in its dying throes is much like watching a drowning person latching on to a rescuer in a death grip where both drown. Is that how you take LSD, by eating? Never mind an answer is not needed Solo Krack…..

  • Solomon Krupacek

    putin started with sanctions against north korea.

  • Ronald

    Cornered , a rat will attack a human , it will go straight for the throat .
    China did say if NK was attacked it would back NK .
    What happened to the ” professional ” US military , this antagonism is exposing the world to extreme danger .