08:13 GMT +324 October 2018
Listen Live
    This 13 December, 2004 US Navy handout image shows the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) as she returns to her homeport of Mayport, Florida

    US May Rein in Nuclear Subs, Carriers from War Games Near Korean Peninsula

    © AFP 2018 / US NAVY/PH3 Joshua Karsten
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL
    5323

    The US military is reportedly keeping some of its aircraft carriers from participating in war games around the Korean Peninsula ahead of an upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    Last year the US Navy sent three aircraft carriers to conduct training drills near the peninsula. Typically, carriers also take part in the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, which are coming up, but a new report suggests the carriers may be left out this year.

    "While the US aircraft carriers have taken part in South Korea-US exercises in the past, it has been decided that none will be coming for the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises," a South Korean Defense Ministry source told Hankyoreh last week, adding, "there is a possibility no nuclear submarines will be coming, either."

    The Pentagon has yet to confirm whether certain vessels or personnel are being kept out of the exercises. The South Korean official insisted the decision had nothing to do with the recent easing of tensions between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington.

    Trump verbally accepted an invitation to meet with Kim last week, stating that he expected "tremendous success" in solving the problem of a nuclear-capable North Korean state.

    On Monday, Pyongyang appeared to have cold feet, though. "We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-US summit," a spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Unification told reporters March 12.

    Pyongyang is approaching the summit "with caution and they need time to organize their stance," the spokesman noted.

    Nevertheless, Kim has expressed a willingness to sign a peace agreement with the US and establish formal diplomatic ties with Washington and Seoul, South Korean media reported Monday. Kim has reportedly agreed in principle to hold off on ballistic missile and nuclear weapons development while the window of time to reach an agreement with the US is still open.

    Related:

    US Navy to Dispense With Almost 140 F/A-18 Fighter Jets
    US Navy Seaman Accused of Killing Wife and Self Three Days After Deployment Ends
    US Navy Vessels Challenge China’s ‘Excessive Maritime Claims’
    Hand-Me-Down Drones: US Navy May Pick Up Air Force’s Retiring Predators
    North Korea the Scapegoat, China the Real Target of US Navy Buildup in Pacific
    Tags:
    Key Resolve, war games, aircraft carrier, US Navy, Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump, United States, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK)
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment