“The visit of US Carrier Group 1 demonstrates the strong joint defense posture of the South Korea-US alliance and full determination to respond to the growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea,” said Rear Admiral Kim Ji-hoon.
The USS Carl Vinson last visited the country in 2017. This year, this is the third visit of American ships to the republic: the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz arrived there in March, and the USS Ronald Reagan arrived there in October.
North Korea recently notified the Japanese Coast Guard of plans to launch a reconnaissance satellite between November 22 and December 1. Pyongyang warned that fragments could fall into the East China Sea, the Yellow Sea and waters east of the Philippine island of Luzon – outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed to take the necessary measures and prepare for “unforeseen circumstances.”
The DPRK made two attempts to launch the Mannigyon-1 reconnaissance satellite in May and August, but they ended unsuccessfully. USA, Japan, South Korea and UN condemned Pyongyang’s actions, saying that the use of ballistic missile technology flagrantly violates numerous UN Security Council resolutions and could destabilize the security situation in the region and beyond. North Korea responded by saying that the country has the legal right to explore space.