Aircraft Carriers to Conduct Rare Exercise in Sea of Japan

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Blue House in Seoul on Nov. 7.  AP

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Blue House in Seoul on Nov. 7. AP

The ongoing war of words has kept several countries on its toes, including the likes of South Korea, Japan, China and Russian Federation.

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said Saturday, in a statement published by the KCNA news agency.

South Korea will join three US aircraft carrier strike groups in a joint drill scheduled for November 11 to 14, the South's military said on Friday.

Trump has embarked on a tour of Asia this week trying to rally regional support for curbing North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, warning that time is running out over the crisis.

The three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - entered the operational area, called the Korea Theater of Operations (KTO), for the four-day maneuvers slated to end Tuesday.

While in South Korea, Trump had warned the North not to underestimate the US and has called on nations to stop financing and trading with the regime.

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The three carriers will be likely together in the drills around Monday, according to a South Korean military official, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules.

The U.S. carriers also participated in separate exercises with three Japanese destroyers on Sunday.

The Pentagon said on Wednesday the drill involving three aircraft carrier strike groups in the Western Pacific would be carried out for the first time in a decade, confirming a Reuters report.

The US has been sending its strategic assets, also including long-range bombers, to the region more frequently for patrols or drills amid accelerating North Korean efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.

In recent months, North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the USA mainland with further development and has conducted its most powerful nuclear test.

Trump threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea and also called Kim Jong-un as "Little Rocket Man", while North Korea denounced Trump as a "mentally deranged United States dotard".

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