A report from South Korea’s official news agency, Yonhap, reveals the Pentagon has ordered a further two US aircraft carriers to make their way towards the Korean Peninsula, according to a South Korean government source.
The Yonhap report says that the CVN-76 Ronald Reagan, currently in its home port of Yokosuka, Japan, and the CVN-68 Nimitz carrier group – which is undergoing final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise off Oregon, have been ordered to the Sea of Japan.
CVN-70 Carl Vinson is already on route and expected to arrive on April 25.
The source claims that the US and South Korea are planning a series of joint military exercises involving the three aircraft carriers and ‘other ships.’
USS Carl Vinson, along with a fleet of escort destroyers, was sent by Washington toward the Korean Peninsula in the beginning of April.
U.S based sources have yet to confirm the report, which is in keeping with the President’s policy of ‘not broadcasting my intentions,’ but military experts confirm that the operation of three aircraft carriers in the same location for exercises is extremely unusual and indicates a firm commitment by the US to South Korea.
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Another source said the Trump administration is demonstrating deterrence by acting on South Korea’s behalf. ‘We expect it to be completely different from the previous administration.’
On Sunday, Pyongyang launched an unidentified projectile, but the test reportedly failed. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) stated that the attempted launch was conducted from the area near North Korea’s eastern port city of Sinpo, but likely ended in a failure.
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