US, South Korea start drills in show of force against North Korea

The United States and South Korea have started joint naval drills that will involve three US aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

Published: 11th November 2017 08:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2017 09:20 AM   |  A+A-

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) is escorted into Busan port, South Korea, after completing a joint drill with the South Korean military. | AP

By Associated Press

SEOUL: The United States and South Korea have started joint naval drills that will involve three US aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

The four-day drills that began today in waters off South Korea's eastern coast come as President Donald Trump continues a visit to Asia that has been dominated by discussions over the North Korean nuclear threat.

South Korea's military says 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.

The three carriers will be likely together in the drills around Monday.

It's the first time since 2007 that three US carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific.

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