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Tensions rise with North Korea

Isaac Trujillo, Reporter

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On Sunday North Korea threatened to sink an American aircraft carrier that is beginning joint drills with two Japanese destroyers in the western Pacific Ocean. North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial the country is ready to demonstrate its “military force” by sinking a “nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike.” Due to recent events there have been many threats towards the US, but this is one of the major threats North Korea has stated. The state newspaper claimed to have weaponry which “can reach continental US and Asia Pacific region” and the “absolute weapon,” the hydrogen bomb.

Trump said he was sending “an armada” to Korean waters potentially to deal with threats from North Korea. The statement came after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a new ballistic missile. “We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you.” But it turned out the carrier group was not actually steaming toward the peninsula, but rather heading to joint exercises with the Australian navy.

The US Pacific Command said Tuesday that training with the Australian navy had been completed, and that “the Carl Vinson Strike Group is heading north to the Western Pacific as a prudent measure.” The US defense officials had released a statement stating that the Vinson and its carrier group would arrive at the Korean peninsula by the end of April.

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Tensions rise with North Korea