This is the first time an aircraft carrier battle group has been dispatched to the waters between the peninsula North Korea and Japan since 2017.
US aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln
Yonhap news agency on April 12 reported that a US official confirmed that the aircraft carrier battle group USS Abraham Lincoln operating in the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan, amid tensions over the North Korea missile test.
The official said the carrier strike group was here to exercise with Japanese forces to reassure allies and partners in the region. According to Reuters, the move comes at a time when US officials are increasingly concerned that North Korea may proceed nuclear test underground for the next few days.
This is the first time an aircraft carrier strike group has been dispatched to the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan since 2017. At that time, the carrier battle groups USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz was deployed after North Korea conducted several missile and nuclear tests.
Yonhap quoted a source as saying that the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln will operate in the area for 3-5 days.
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A spokesman for US Forces at Korea declined to comment on upcoming or ongoing exercises.
South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed it was aware of the fact that the aircraft carrier battle group was in international waters and declined to comment because it was a weapon. military America. Previously, North Korea criticized the US military exercises as war rehearsals and said they increased tensions.