As concerns grow because of North Korea’s advancing nuclear weapons program a navy strike group will be strategically placed in the western Pacific Ocean next to the Korean peninsula as a presentation of force and a precaution action.
The newest weapon in the arsenal of North Korea is a liquid-fueled Scud missile which when was tested only succeed to reach a fraction of its intended range.
Unofficially the navy group will be called “Carl Vinson”, and in its ranks includes an aircraft carrier The route of the strike group will start from Singapore and move toward the Korean peninsula.
Official statement from the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet officials informed the public that the strike group had been directed to sail north, but it did not specify the destination.
There has been in more occasions, statements this year from several North Korean officials and from its leader Kim Jong Un, indicating new tests for special intercontinental ballistic missiles. This test will take place at the 105th birthday of North Korea’s founding president which is celebrated annually and is named “the Day of the Sun.”
There has been a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida. On this meeting, Trump pressed his counterpart President Xi Jinping to make more pressure directly on North Korea, so there will be a standstill of its nuclear program.
The option of pre-emptive military strikes on North Korea is not off the table. Still, from all sides for now are prioritized less-risky steps and direct military actions are de-emphasized.