US-North Korea Tensions: North Threatens to Sink US Aircraft Carrier

 24-04-2017 | 09:25

Local Editor

After two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific, North Korea said it is ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might.

 

US-North Korea Tensions: North Threatens to Sink US Aircraft Carrier


US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area. US vice president Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive “within days” but gave no other details.

North Korea, however, remained defiant. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a US nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, said in a commentary.

The paper likened the aircraft carrier to a “gross animal” and said a strike on it would be “an actual example to show our military’s force”.

Relatively, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a visit to Greece that there were already enough shows of force and confrontation at present and appealed for calm.

“We need to issue peaceful and rational sounds,” Wang said, according to a statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry.

Adding to the tensions, North Korea detained a Korean-American man in his fifties, bringing the total number of US citizens held by Pyongyang to three.

Tensions have been heightened between the US and the isolationist state ahead of North Korea’s 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army, which it will celebrate on Tuesday. It has in the past marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons.

North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year, and is working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that can reach the United States.

It has also carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

 

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