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In order to “deter” Pyongyang, an American aircraft carrier lands in South Korea

A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday for the first time in nearly five years to take part in joint exercises against the nuclear-armed North.

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group ships have docked in the southern port city of Busan, Seoul and Washington in a bid to bring more US strategic assets to the region.

Belligerent South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in May, has pledged to step up joint military exercises with the United States after years of diplomatic failure with North Korea under his predecessor.

A South Korean defense ministry official told AFP the visit was aimed at “deterring nuclear and missile threats from North Korea”.

Pyongyang has conducted a record number of weapons tests this year and revised its nuclear law earlier this month, enshrining the “first strike” doctrine and vowing never to give up its nuclear weapons.

Source: The Delfi





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