Chinese state media express 'concern' over USS Carl Vinson

by Abel Hampton April 11, 2017, 0:19
Chinese state media express 'concern' over USS Carl Vinson

A US Navy strike group headed by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson steamed towards the western Pacific on Sunday (April 9) for what is expected to be another American show of force off the Korean peninsula.

"In terms of North Korea, we have been very clear that our objective is a denuclearized Korean Peninsula".

North Korea used Trump's recent attack on Syria to justify the country's continued weaponry progress, describing the US airstrike on Syria as "absolutely unpardonable", the Associated Press reported.

The Vinson group last month participated in joint drills with the South Korean military to prepare for a sudden change on the peninsula - including the collapse of the North Korean regime or an invasion. "I mean, North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior". "I think this administration wants to see them act, and I think they are going to pressure them to do that", Haley said.

The Carl Vinson strike group, comprising an aircraft carrier, cruisers and destroyers, was ordered to the region to maintain "readiness", the U.S. navy said.

Trump and South Korea's leader, acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn, spoke by phone on Friday, according to the White House, which said they agreed to stay in close contact about North Korea and other issues.

Their missiles are capable of hitting targets 1,300 to 2,500 km away with pinpoint accuracy.

A USA official told Reuters on Saturday the increased presence was necessary given North Korea's recent provocative behavior.

"The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible, and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability", U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Commander Dave Benham said, according to Sky News.

In February, the North simultaneously fired four ballistic missiles off its east coast, three of which fell provocatively close to Japan, in what it said was a drill for an attack on USA bases in the neighboring Asian country. The Pyongyang regime recently conducted several attempts to improve its ballistic missile technology.

Experts meanwhile say that at this point, South Korea must work to establish a clear communication channel with the USA - through its diplomatic and military agencies - as it could potentially become a victim of Washington's military maneuvers.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Tillerson also addressed the missile strikes on Syria.

Meanwhile, Trump is reported to have pressed Chinese President Xi Jinping to have his country take a greater role in curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile aspirations.

But the United States president has already threatened the unilateral action of the Pyongyang regime, and this threat seems even more credible since the strike ordered Thursday night on a Syrian airbase from where would have taken the Syrian airplanes supposedly responsible for The alleged chemical attack on the village of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday.

However, last week an Air Force general said she was extremely confident the United States could intercept a ballistic missile fired by North Korea.


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