US, S. Korea begin joint Naval drills

13 November, 2017, 02:43 | Author: Lora Ball
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It referred to Trump as dotard, a word the reclusive nation has used on him in the past. "We are saying that if we can get Russian Federation to partner with us, to help stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, and if we can partner with Russian Federation to provide peace in the godforsaken area of Syria right now, that those are positive developments". Pyongyang described Trump's trip as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the USA defense industry".

At a summit in Seoul Tuesday, Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In agreed to increase the deployment of United States military assets around the Korean peninsula to step up pressure on the North.

"Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", the statement said.

Tensions over the North's weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test - by far its largest to date - and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Xi told Moon that he encouraged South Korea to resume dialogue with North Korea and re-engage with them for reconciliation and de-nuclearization, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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The strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training as well as other maneuvers. USS Theodore Roosevelt then will head to the Persian Gulf.

The outburst came as Trump nears the tail end of his sweep through Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines that has seen him rail against the North's nuclear ambitions and deliver his "America First" vision of global trade. The exercise, set to continue through Tuesday, will involve operations showing the Navy's ability to operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated effort, it said in a release.

It is the first such U.S. triple-carrier drill in the region for a decade.

The two also oversaw the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals, but there was little progress reported on U.S. firms complaints about market access or United States government probes into issues like intellectual property theft.

He added that the world needs peace, not war.

The use of nuclear weapons by Kim Jong-un could not be ruled out and a full-scale war would probably not destroy Pyongyang's nuclear capability totally he warned.

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