03 August 2017

News Story: U.S. mulls dispatching 2 aircraft carriers to Korean Peninsula: S.Korean media

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The United States was mulling dispatching two aircraft carriers to the Korean Peninsula in an apparent show of force following the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test-launch of what it called an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.

An unidentified South Korean government source was quoted as saying the military authorities of South Korea and the U.S. had considered the mobilization of the U.S. aircraft carrier to the peninsula for the joint annual war games, codenamed Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG).

The mobilization date would be moved up, before the computer-assisted simulation exercise that was scheduled to kick off on Aug. 21, according to the source.

The two U.S. aircraft carriers to be mobilized would reportedly be USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike groups, which were sent to the waters near the peninsula in late May.

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