US Navy Sends Carrier Strike Group To Maintain Physical Presence Near Northern Korea

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US Navy Sends Carrier Strike Group To Maintain Physical Presence Near Northern Korea

FILE PHOTO – Sailors man the rails of the USS Carl Vinson, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, as it departs its home port in San Diego, California August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

The United States Navy has sent the Carl Vinson Strike Group to maintain a physical presnce near Northern Korea. The decision was made amid growing tensions between the United States and the Asian country.

““US Pacific Command ordered the Carl Vinson strike group north as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the western Pacific,” said Commander Dave Benham, spokesman at US Pacific Command.

“The No1 threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilising program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,” he said, in an unusually forceful statement,” The Guardian reported on April 9.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” that he believes that China agrees the situation in North Korea has “intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken.”

On April 8, Northern Korea released a statement condemning the US missile strike on a military airfrield operated by the Syrian Air Force near the city of Homs.

“The U.S. missile attack against Syria is a clear and unforgivable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn this,” the North Korea Foreign Ministry’s official said on the KCNA news agency. “The reality of today proves our decision to strengthen our military power to stand against force with force was the right choice a million times over.”

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