Korea joint exercise in Sea of Japan gets underway

S. Korea to train with three US aircraft carriers

The three aircraft carriers are expected to link up in the Sea of Japan later this week off the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official tells Fox News.

The four-day military exercise will begin off the east coast of South Korea on Saturday.

President Trump is now on a tour of Asia that has taken him to Japan, South Korea and China so far.

The three carriers - USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt - are taking part in the four-day joint drill with South Korean Navy warships in the Korean Theater of Operation (KTO) in the East Sea starting Saturday.

Also to be mobilized are 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean warships.

A USA lawmaker has submitted a resolution to the House of Representatives calling on both South Korea and the U.S.to send a clear message to North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

They will aim to enhance combined operation and aerial strike capabilities and also display "strong will and firm military readiness to defeat any provocation by North Korea with dominant force in the event of crisis", Seoul's military said in a statement.

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The defense ministry, however, has ruled out the possibility of trilateral military drills with Japan.

Show of force coincides with US President Trump's visit to AsiaThis weekend, three American aircraft carriers will be carrying out joint exercises in the waters around the Korean Peninsula.

Seoul, :The United States and South Korea have started joint naval drills that will involve three USA aircraft carriers in what military officials describe as a clear warning to North Korea.

This is the first time that three American aircraft carriers have conducted joint maneuvers in the western Pacific since 2007. They will successively enter the exercise area in global waters east of the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and at one point around Monday will operate together.

After President Donald Trump described his strategy on containing North Korea as "peace through strength", Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the North Korean ruling party's mouthpiece, published an article on Friday protesting the drills and vowing to "defend peace until the end".

It has repeatedly threatened to launch ballistic missiles into the waters around the USA territory of Guam.

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