MNA Editorial Desk: The U.S. Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group suddenly changed course from Australia to the Korean Peninsula amid concerns that North Korea could soon conduct a sixth nuclear test or more missile launches.
The move gave more ground to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of unilateral action to solve the problem of North Korea’s nuclear program. North Korean state media warned of a nuclear attack on the United States if there was any sign of American aggression.
Statements made by the U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis show that the approach of Carl Vinson strike group to the shores of Korea was a show of force in connection with the deterioration of the situation on the peninsula.
Demonstrations of force in response to North Korea’s nuclear tests such as military exercises were carried out in previous years as well, but the latest action happened under very different circumstances.
This was followed by a series of bellicose statements by U.S. officials, including Donald Trump on Twitter, indicating American willingness to undertake unilateral violent actions against North Korea.
At a time when experts warn that North Korea’s nuclear test site is “primed and ready,” President Donald Trump on Wednesday told, “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.”
The president said about Kim Jong-un’s threats against U.S. warships, “We have the best military people on Earth. And I will say this: He is doing the wrong thing.”
This Saturday marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, “eternal president” of North Korea, and grandfather of Kim Jong-un. Historically, Pyongyang has launched missile tests around important dates on the North Korean calendar.