Deployment of U.S. carrier groups raise nuclear war threat: North Korea

Katrina Barker
November 14, 2017

While months-long winter drills are routine for the North, authorities in the South said they were on high alert for any possible changes.

Seoul's military said in a statement that the exercises aim to enhance the combined US and South Korean operational and aerial strike capabilities and to display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis".

His letter comes after the Pentagon claimed North Korea's nuclear arsenal could only be eliminated with a ground invasion.

Trump is now in Vietnam attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, but he took the time to tweet: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old, ' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?'". "This would be a fatal miscalculation".

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

The president also told Kim his nuclear proliferation was putting the regime in great danger, calling North Korea a "hell no person deserves". The USS Ronald Reagan is the largest US warship in Asia.

The statement, which called the country's nuclear program "righteous and inevitable", continued: "He boasted about the "overwhelming superiority of US power" and 'peace through strength.' But he needs to be well advised that it is the stand of the DPRK to defend our sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S".

The exercise is taking place while U.S. President Donald Trump is on an Asian tour and presenting a united front with regional leaders.

The president is visiting China, South Korea and other countries in the region in an effort to get them to help put pressure on North Korea to curtail its pursuit of a nuclear weapons arsenal.

South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle during a South Korea/United States combined training exercise at the U.S. Army's Rodriguez shooting range in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, Sep.

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