Joint exercises aimed for regional stability, says US
North Korea has complained to UN that US was escalating tension and described the joint exercises by US and South Korea as the “worst ever situation” because of the deployment of its nuclear war equipment in a ready to strike mode.
According to Reuters, North Korea’s ambassador to the UN Ja Song Nam has written a letter to Secretary General Antonio Guterres, has said that US was “running amok for war exercises by introducing nuclear war equipment in and around the Korean Peninsula.”
Ja Song further said that the joint exercises involving US B-1 bombers, are creating “the worst ever situation prevailing in and around the Korean Peninsula.”
The North Korean diplomat asked UN Secretary General to bring the issue to the attention of Security Council under Article 99 of the U.N. Charter saying, “The danger being posed by the U.S. nuclear war exercises, which are clearly threats to international peace and security.”
The three carriers, the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz, and their multi-ship strike groups are engaged in the joint exercise in the waters between South Korea and Japan. The exercise is winding up on Tuesday. They have been joined by several South Korean and Japanese warships during the exercise.
The North Korean Ambassador further said that the joint US-South Korea exercises show North Korea is right to build up its defences.
The joint exercises were coincided with President Donald Trump’s Asia visit. The three U.S. carriers were last seen engaged in an exercise together in the Western Pacific was in 2007.
US President has just concluded 12-day five nation Asia tour which took him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and Philippines. His main focus of his visit was the threat posed by North Korea. In Vietnam he participated in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit while in Manila, he participated at the Association of Southeast Nation (ASEAN) Summit.
South Korea says that joint exercise was in response to Pyongyang’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests and most powerful nuclear test.
US and North Korea are at the loggerheads after a series of weapons test including intercontinental ballistic missiles and most powerful nuclear test. US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged series of threatening statements.
Donald Trump once against posted a tweet about Kim Jong Un on Sunday.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
While in South Korea last week US President said, “We sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world (to the Korean Peninsula) and a nuclear submarine is also positioned.”
Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement that, “This exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the US Pacific Fleet’s unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region.”
Trump had threatened North Korea saying, “we hope to God we never have to use” the military strength the US has on the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea is facing U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs since 2006.