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On Asia Trip, Trump Met by Protests Calling on US to Open Diplomatic Relations with North Korea
"The strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishments at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers, and other training", said a statement from the Navy's 7th Fleet, which is responsible for monitoring the Pacific including North Korea.
The exercises will also involve 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships.
Speaking about North Korea, Trump accused the nation of defying pacts and said, "The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear & ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement, & commitment it has made to the US and its allies". The Aegis technology refers to missile tracking and guidance.
Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test - by far its largest to date - and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the United States mainland.
The report blasted Trump over his speeches critical of the North Korean regime at the South Korean National Assembly and his visit to USA military bases in South Korea. The US carriers will also participate in separate exercises with three Japanese destroyers on Sunday, according to Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force.
The United States has been sending its strategic assets, also including long-range bombers, to the region more frequently for patrols or drills amid accelerating North Korean efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program.
"The U.S., under my administration, is completely rebuilding its military, and they're spending hundreds of billions of dollars to the newest and finest military equipment anywhere in the world, being built right now". That includes a stern speech delivered in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he said: "Do not underestimate us". "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face".
During talks in Beijing Thursday, Trump urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to work hard and act fast to help resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, warning that "time is quickly running out".
"Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance", the North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
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