Aircraft carrier United States of AmericaUSS Ronald Reagan, arrived at South Korea for the first time in five years to counter the nuclear threat North Korea.
“The deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to Busan demonstrates the US-South Korean power alliance,” the South Korean ministry was quoted as saying. AFP.
The statement continued, “[tujuannya] to deter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.”
In this mission, the USS Ronald Reagan was escorted by two attack ships, namely the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, and the guided-missile destroyer, USS Barry.
News agency Yonhap reported that the ships would be used for joint military exercises on South Korea’s east coast.
In the joint exercise, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Annapolis is also expected to participate.
Washington is Seoul’s main security ally. The US even has about 28,500 troops in South Korea.
The two countries have been conducting joint exercises for a long time. They claim the drills are a defensive measure, but North Korea considers them a threat to invade their country.
Later, the US and South Korea resumed their military exercises. In August, the US-South Korea held their largest joint military exercise since 2018.
They returned to intensive joint exercises because North Korea is increasingly testing missiles.
Pyongyang itself has tested nuclear weapons six times since 2006. The last and most powerful test occurred in 2017, which the North claimed was a hydrogen bomb.
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