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War on Korean Peninsula Unlikely as US Supports Seoul's Peaceful Policy

War on Korean Peninsula Unlikely as US Supports Seoul's Peaceful Policy

Over the weekend, North Korea said it was not afraid of US military strikes, saying it could defend itself with its "tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force".

"Neither the United States nor North Korea would take the initiative to wage a war, but the risk of conflict is higher as a small miscalculation or accident could bring war to the peninsula", said Mr Zhang Tuosheng, from the China Foundation for global and Strategic Studies. "I mean, North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior".

The move will raise tensions in the region and comes hard on the heels of a USA missile strike on Syria that was widely interpreted as putting Pyongyang on warning over its refusal to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

The U.S. commander in chief also met with Chinese president Xi Jinping last week and North Korea was said to be at the top of the agenda.

Included in the strike group are the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, a guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers, which have the power to intercept ballistic missiles and conduct powerful strikes of their own, the BBC noted.

The Vinson group last month participated in joint drills with the South Korean military to prepare for a sudden change on the peninsula - including the collapse of the North Korean regime or an invasion.

The China-US presidential summit, held at Mar-a-Lago in Florida on Thursday and Friday, failed to deliver any concrete agreement on how to rein in North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes between the two nations.

In a separate statement on ABC, U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson reiterated the objective of a "denuclearized Korean peninsula" and that "regime change" is not the goal of deployment. The USS Carl Vinson is the third Nimitz-class supercarrier operated by the U.S. Launched in 1980, the ship is one of ten nuclear-powered aircraft carriers named after former U.S. Admirial, Chester Nimitz. "It could go even higher if [US President] Donald Trump or [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un takes a stronger stand against the other".

However, it is not uncommon for U.S. carriers to cross into this sector and Vinson was in South Korea last month for military exercises. "The DPRK has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the USA would like to ignite", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying, according to the South Korean newswire service Yonhap.

"President Xi clearly understands, and I think agrees, that the situation has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat that action has to be taken", Tillerson told "Face the Nation" host John Dickerson.

But instead, the Carl Vinson has been redirected back to the Korean peninsula, creating an air of uncertainty and prompting an address by South Korea's defense ministry on Monday.

"The US missile attack against Syria is a clear and intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state and we strongly condemn it", a government official reportedly told the North Korea's national news agency, KCNA.

Trump's national security aides have completed a review of United States options to try to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.


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