Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
People | By Neil Grant

United States aircraft carrier Reagan to be sent to Korean Peninsula this month

United States aircraft carrier Reagan to be sent to Korean Peninsula this month

A United States aircraft carrier has carried out routine military drills in the South China Sea under the watchful eye of China as tensions mount between Washington and North Korea.

The visit by the USS Ronald Reagan, the biggest US warship based in Asia, will be the first by an American carrier in two years - Beijing turned down a Hong Kong port call request from another US aircraft carrier, the USS John C Stennis, in April last year, when Sino-US relations were strained over the South China Sea.

Officers on the Japanese-based Reagan described frequent close quarter surveillance from the ships of the People's Liberation Army Navy in global waters.

Sometimes, those Chinese ships "steam in to check out the carrier".

The Reagan will stick around for several more days before heading north toward the Korean Peninsula for "scheduled operational training", the USS Ronald Reagan's commander said Monday, SCMP reported. The Reagan's crew have had to alert the Chinese vessels on occasion when they have to sharply alter course, they said.

The United States and South Korea will perform joint drills involving detecting, tracking, and intercepting the rogue regime's ballistic missiles.

"We've had no issues". "We see them on a regular basis".

The disclosure came as Tillerson expressed hope for reducing tensions with North Korea, which is fast advancing toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

The Reagan strike group is planning to exercise with South Korean defense forces in October, according to the report.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii.

North Korea's official media on Monday decried Japan's call for pressuring Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear and missile programs, calling its neighbor's tactic a "suicidal deed" that will bring "nuclear clouds" to the country.

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