US, South Korea joint military drills begin in Western Pacific

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania are visiting South Korea as the second leg of their five-nation trip

The two nations began the four day naval exercise on Saturday as a reminder to North Korea they are committed 'to the security and stability of the region'.

Instead, the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) will be "deployed rotationally and sequentially" to carry out joint exercises with warships from the ROKN.

The upcoming practice is aimed at bolstering the South Korea-U.S. alliance's policy of "extended deterrence" against the North's nuclear and missile provocations, it added.

A total of seven South Korean navy vessels, including Aegis-equipped warships, will participate in the drill, the statement said, to accompany 14 US naval warships.

Seoul and Beijing also agreed to swiftly restore bilateral exchanges in all fields based on their recent agreement to normalize relations following a period of conflict over South Korea's deployment of the THAAD missile defense system.

The defense ministry, however, has ruled out the possibility of trilateral military drills with Japan.

South Korea and the United States on Saturday kicked off a joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan involving three USA aircraft carriers amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The drills are reportedly the first of their kind since the three carrier strike groups conducted the Valiant Shield exercise off the coast of Guam in 2006 and 2007. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift described the training as a "rare opportunity".

This came amid the U.S. President Donald Trump's Asia visit, which was largely focused on about the North Korean nuclear threat.

The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday reaffirmed their joint efforts to peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear problem in a summit highlighting the recent normalization of bilateral ties estranged by the deployment of a USA missile defense system in South Korea.

Trump on Tuesday reiterated his goal to achieve what he called "peace through strength", warning the USA could use "the full range of our unmatched military capabilities" against Pyongyang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017.

Related:

  • Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

    Morocco and Tunisia qualify for World Cup 2018

    Morocco and Tunisia will join Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal as the African sides in Russian Federation next summer. The Atlas Lions are returning to the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after they last made it in 1998.
    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Spectacular dancers will complement the spectacular dance of any composition, leaving an unforgettable impression in your memory. A special chic to the club is given by colorful and incendiary performances, over which a professional choreographer works.
    As the confetti settles and the clean-up from Cleveland’s first major professional sports championship parade in over 50 years begins, attention turn to next season.

    As the confetti settles and the clean-up from Cleveland’s first major professional sports championship parade in over 50 years begins, attention turn to next season.

    We’ve already seen the green shoots of something great this term and look like they could make a playoff push next season. Cavs have work cut out The defending champs have their work cut out keeping the title winning roster together this summer.
  • Woman pleads guilty to incest after marrying her own MUM

    Woman pleads guilty to incest after marrying her own MUM

    Misty Spann and her mother, Patricia Ann Spann, 44, married in Lawton in March 2016 and lived together in Duncan, records show. An Oklahoma woman was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to incest for marrying her biological mother past year .
    What's In iOS 11.1.1? Autocorrect

    What's In iOS 11.1.1? Autocorrect "i" Bug, Siri Glitch Fix

    The iOS 11 and iOS 11 .1.1 update is free for the iPhone , iPad and iPod touch, but is only coming to a select group of devices. Apple Pay Cash has arrived as part of the iOS 11 .2 beta, and early reviews suggest it's really easy to use.
    GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexually assaulting teen

    GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexually assaulting teen

    Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said "If that's true", referring to the allegations, "then he wouldn't belong in the Senate". His campaign also said that if the allegations were true, they would have come up before.
  • Conor McGregor storms ring, shoves ref in Dublin MMA match

    Conor McGregor storms ring, shoves ref in Dublin MMA match

    Goddard, who reportedly has a history with McGregor, apparently angered McGregor with his attempts to clear up the ring. The UFC star was involved in a insane altercation in the cage with referee Marc Goddard at the event in the 3Arena.
    Global Resource Coin

    Global Resource Coin

    In addition, from the year 2018 GRC’s cryptocurrency rate is expected to grow due to its social usefulness and relevance. In order to do this, you need to have a considerable amount of money, a special financial education and a special license.
    Kevin Love Could Miss Games Due To Concussion

    Kevin Love Could Miss Games Due To Concussion

    According to his database, there has only been two occasions where a player did not miss any games after a concussion. If he is not free of symptoms after a step, he has to stop until he is symptom free and start the stage over.
  • TripAdvisor Adds Warnings For Hotels with Reports of Sexual Assault

    TripAdvisor Adds Warnings For Hotels with Reports of Sexual Assault

    One woman told CBS News' Tony Dokoupil about a horrific experience at a Mexican resort that TripAdvisor initially refused to post. Steve Kaufer, the CEO of TripAdvisor , said the company, "apologized to the victim [Love] for her experience".
    Driverless Shuttle Involved in Accident Mere Hours After it Launches

    Driverless Shuttle Involved in Accident Mere Hours After it Launches

    No one was injured in the minor crash but passengers say the bus could have actually avoided the truck backing its way. The Las Vegas self-driving shuttle is a 12-month pilot project by AAA and Keolis, a transportation management company.
    Wise casino advices

    Wise casino advices

    Tips casino players online You need to understand the difference between traditional casinos and online casinos. Still, the main goal, anyway, is to get a prize and the opportunity to become rich without putting an effort.

Comments

Other news