Trump Orders A 3rd Aircraft Carrier To North Korea Blockade

Trump Orders A 3rd Aircraft Carrier

President Trump wasted no time after returning from the G7 meeting in Europe to get back to work, with one of his first jobs being sending another carrier to North Korea.

While at the G7 meeting Trump sat down with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe where they discussed North Korea’s latest missile launch.

The White House said this in a statement on Friday.

“President Trump and Prime Minister Abe agreed their teams would cooperate to enhance sanctions on North Korea, including by identifying and sanctioning entities that support North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs,” the White House said after the two men held a one-on-one meeting in Sicily.

“They also agreed to further strengthen the alliance between the United States and Japan, to further each country’s capability to deter and defend against threats from North Korea,” the statement said.

Now the Nimitz carrier strike group will be joining the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan that have already been deployed to North Korea.

From the Conservative Tribune:

The Japan News reported that the Nimitz strike group would be deployed to the region for a six-month training mission. While the Nimitz is supposed to replace the Vinson, both carriers may be in the Korean Peninsula area “until the end of the mission transfer.” VOA noted that the presence of three carrier strike groups in the same region was an extremely rare occurrence.

The news came one day after Japan and the United States agreed to enforce more serious sanctions on North Korea at the G7 summit in Italy. It also came one day before the latest missile test by the North Korean government.

“President Trump and Prime Minister Abe agreed their teams would cooperate to enhance sanctions on North Korea, including by identifying and sanctioning entities that support North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs,” the White House announced Saturday, according to Reuters.

“They also agreed to further strengthen the alliance between the United States and Japan, to further each country’s capability to deter and defend against threats from North Korea.”

Then, in the early hours of Monday morning Korea time — Sunday evening on the East Coast — North Korea fired yet another missile into the Sea of Japan, according to CNBC. This time, it was a short-range Scud missile, the Soviet-developed armament favored by Saddam Hussein during his Kuwait-invading days.

While not one of the newer types that North Korea claims to have launched over the past few weeks, the incident was enough to spur South Korean President Moon Jae In to call a meeting of his National Security Council.

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