A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea this Friday for the first time in about four years. The large ship will join the South Korean ships in a military show of force intended to send a strong message to North KoreaUS authorities reported.
The USS Ronald Reagan and its accompanying strike force ships docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan. Their arrival marks the largest use to date in a new push for more US nuclear-capable “strategic assets” to operate in the area to deter North Korea.
The south korean president Yoon Suk-yeol it has pushed for more joint exercises and other displays of military might as a warning to North Korea. Earlier this year, the Asian nation carried out a record number of missile tests after talks to persuade it to end its development of nuclear weapons and missiles failed.
Observers say that Pyongyang it also appears to be preparing to renew nuclear tests for the first time since 2017. North Korea has denounced previous US military uses and joint drills as war tests and evidence of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul, Reuters reported.
The visit is the first by a US aircraft carrier to South Korea since 2018. That year, the allies scaled back many of their joint military activities amid diplomatic efforts to use it with North Korea. But those talks have since stalled. Pyongyang this month unveiled an updated law that codifies its right to carry out first-use nuclear strikes if necessary to protect itself.