U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward Korean peninsula: U.S. official says
U.S. official told Reuters, U.S. Navy strike group as a show of force will move towards the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula against its “reckless” nuclear weapons programme.
North Korea has tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which has only travelled a fraction of its range, earlier this month.
According to the officials, the Strike group which is called as Carl Vinson will make a way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula
The officials said “We feel the increased presence is necessary,” citing North Korea’s worrisome behavior.
In a late Saturday statement, the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet informed that the strike group has been directed to sail north, but specifically didn’t say the destination. It added, the military vessels will be operated to Western Pacific rather than making previously scheduled port visits to Australia.
North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un this year, have frequently indicated that an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar would probably be coming soon on April 15th as 105th birthday of North Korea’s founding president which is celebrated annually as “the Day of the Sun.”
U.S. President Donald Trump and President of China Xi Jinping met in Florida, earlier this week where Trump compelled his counterpart to do more in order to restrict North Korea’s nuclear program.
National security aides have been completed a review of U.S. options trying to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. As it include economic and military measures but has learnt more sanctions and put the pressure on Beijing to rein in its reclusive neighbor.
Even though the pre-emptive military strikes option on North Korea has not been off the table, the review gives more importance for less-risky steps and de-emphasizes direct military action.
On Friday, Trump spoke to South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, the White House said in a statement on Saturday which has not mentioned the strike group.