Trump begged for a war during Asia trip: DPRK

A South Korean conservative takes part in a pro Trump rally in Seoul on Tuesday during the president’s visit

The battle groups of the USS Ronald Reagan, the Theodore Roosevelt and the Nimitz will successively enter the exercise area during the drills that run until Tuesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The South Morning China Post quoted military officials describing this as a clear warning to North Korea, which involve three US aircraft carriers.

It is the first such United States triple-carrier drill in the region for a decade.

The US administration thinks China's economic leverage over North Korea is the key to strong-arming Pyongyang into halting its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

"The South Korean and US navies are maintaining a flawless defense posture to carry out combined operations anytime and anywhere", said Capt.

The two also oversaw the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals, but there was little progress reported on USA firms complaints about market access or USA government probes into issues like intellectual property theft.

The tri-carrier operation is highly unusual.

It is the first such triple-carrier drill in the region for a decade.


South Korea's Sejong the Great Aegis destroyer trains with three USA aircraft carriers in the East Sea on November 12, 2017, in this photo provided by the Navy.

"The exercise is aimed at enhancing deterrence against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats and showing off preparedness to fend off any provocative acts by the North", a ministry spokesman said. Extended deterrence refers to the USA commitment to defend its ally by mobilizing all military capabilities, nuclear and conventional, against the North's aggression.

During Saturday's summit, Moon and Xi also agreed to quickly normalize bilateral exchanges in all sectors, Yoon added, repeating what was said in the agreement announced last month when the two countries agreed to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of a US anti-missile system.

American leaders, including President Donald Trump, have warned the belligerent regime not to "underestimate" or "test" US strength.

The US militaries biggest worry is that North Korea might conduct an atmospheric nuclear test after the regime has followed through on all of their threats to date.

The North's actions have also prompted worldwide condemnation - a reaction to the dozens of ballistic missile tests in recent years, including its effort to develop an intercontinental device capable of reaching the United States mainland.

This image shows three US aircraft carriers.

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