Friday, 17 November, 2017

Donald Trump 'Begged For Nuclear War', Says N Korea

Quotes from US President Donald Trump's Asian tour South Korea says it will join US aircraft carrier drill November 11-14
Wilma Wheeler | 14 November, 2017, 00:42

The three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - will sail one by one into the waters east of Korea for the four-day drill.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test - by far its largest to date - and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Also on Saturday, the US and South Korean navies launched four days of joint drills off the east coast of South Korea.

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

Trump had also delivered a sharp warning to North Korea in a speech at South Korea's parliament on Wednesday, telling the country: "Do not underestimate us".

A total of seven South Korean navy vessels, including Aegis-equipped warships, will participate in the drill, the statement said, to accompany 14 USA naval warships. "On the contrary, all this makes us more sure that our choice to promote economic construction at the same time as building up our nuclear force is all the more righteous, and it pushes us to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force".

The U.S. Navy's previous training operation involving three carriers was in the vicinity of Guam in the Western Pacific in 2007 during the Valiant Shield exercise.

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

Tensions between Washington and Pyongyang have escalated after North Korea's test firing of missiles and conducting its most powerful hydrogen test in September.

It also flew two new midrange missiles over Japan and threatened to launch them toward Guam, a US Pacific territory and military hub. And do not try us.The weapons you're acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger.

During talks in Beijing Thursday, Trump urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work hard and act fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, warning that "time is quickly running out".

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