(NationalSentinel) North Korea: As expected, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson aircraft carrier battle group has arrived in waters off the Korean peninsula, well within striking distance of North Korea, as reports claimed Saturday that more U.S. warships could be on the way.
As reported by The Sun, the U.S.S. Michigan – an Ohio-class cruise missile submarine carrying 154 Tomahawks – which docked in South Korea last week will be joining the Carl Vinson group today or tomorrow.
In addition, Japanese and South Korean warships are also joining the U.S. fleet for “drills,” but which military analysts see as a major show of force by the United States.
The fleet’s arrival comes as the Trump administration pushes for major new economic sanctions against Pyongyang for its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them.
The Sun cited a source that spoke to Reuters who claimed the U.S. could send more warships to Korean waters in the coming days.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned last week that Pyongyang’s failure to adhere to U.S. and Western demands it end its nuclear and missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences.”
“The threat of a nuclear attack on Seoul, or Tokyo, is real, and it’s only a matter of time before North Korea develops the capability to strike the US mainland,” he said.
“Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences.”
Late Friday, North Korea attempted another launch of a ballistic missile that may be nuclear-capable, but it crashed shortly afterward into the Sea of Japan, marking the third failure in the past several days.