Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US, S. Korea begin joint Naval drills

US, S. Korea begin joint Naval drills

At a summit in Seoul, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In agreed to increase the deployment of USA military assets around the Korean peninsula to step up pressure on the North.

The three flattops - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - entered the operational area, called the Korea Theater of Operations (KTO), for the four-day maneuvers slated to end Tuesday.

Also on Saturday, the US and South Korean navies launched four days of joint drills off the east coast of South Korea.

The exercises will also involve 11 US Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships.

The leaders of South Korea and China, moon Jae-In and XI Jinping have agreed on the peaceful settlement of relations with North Korea.

South Korean companies with Chinese customers had suffered due to backlash from China, which has vehemently opposed the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

According to US Navy's 7 Fleet, this is the first time since the joint naval exercise held in 2007 near Guam.


Amid the US military shows of strength, North Korea vowed Saturday to defend its "sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S".

The ongoing war of words has kept several countries on its toes, including the likes of South Korea, Japan, China and Russian Federation.

Trump's lengthy trip centered on trade and the North Korean missile and nuclear crisis.

During Saturday's summit, Moon and Xi also agreed to quickly normalize bilateral exchanges in all sectors, Yoon added, repeating what was said in the agreement announced last month when the two countries agreed to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of a US anti-missile system.

The US administration thinks China's economic leverage over North Korea is the key to strong-arming Pyongyang into halting its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

In a speech to the South Korean parliament on Wednesday, Trump warned Pyongyang not to underestimate the United States, while offering leader Kim Jong-Un a better future if he gives up his nuclear ambitions.

It has repeatedly threatened to launch ballistic missiles into the waters around the US territory of Guam.

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