Three US supercarriers to conduct joint drills in waters off Korean peninsula

President Donald Trump meets opera performers at the Forbidden City Nov. 8 2017 in Beijing China. Trump is on a five country trip through Asia traveling to Japan South Korea China Vietnam and the Philippines

The first payoff is that the agreement offers assurances from Seoul that it recognizes China "strategic position in the region".

The country's joint chiefs of staff (JCS) announced Friday that South Korea will send seven of its warships-including two Aegis Combat System-equipped vessels, one destroyer and four frigates-to join three US aircraft carriers deployed in the Western Pacific that will perform their first joint drill in a decade.

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.

The carriers, already operating in the Western Pacific, will sail one by one into the waters east of Korea for the event, it added.

The US warships will carry out air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training and other training operations, the US Navy said.

The presence of the three aircraft carriers in waters around the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea, the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea, unnerved North Korea, who said the presence of USA strategic assets was the reason for the country needing a nuclear deterrent.




President Moon Jae-in will visit China next month for summit talks with President Xi Jinping to discuss advancing future-oriented bilateral relations.

He said Friday the Asia-Pacific region was being held hostage by the "twisted fantasies" of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, as he called on countries to stand united against Pyongyang.

Xi said the two countries reiterated their "firm commitment" to the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the implementation of United Nations resolutions.

Currently, he is in Vietnam where he took part in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.

China insists on peaceful denuclearization of North Korea.

Bong Young-shik, an expert on regional relations at South Korea's Yonsei University, said: "China's economic retaliation only pushed Korea closer into the trilateral alliance between Japan and the US".

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