US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea as a warning to North Korea

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BUSAN, South Korea, Sept. 23 (Reuters) – A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea for the first time in about four years on Friday, over a military display of force with South Korean ships to message North Korea, officials said.

USS Ronald Reagan and attack escort ships docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan.

Its arrival marks the most significant deployment to date under renewed impetus to operate more US nuclear “strategic assets” in the area to deter North Korea.

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has urged more joint exercises and other displays of military might as a warning to North Korea, which conducted a record number of missile tests earlier this year after talks failed to persuade the country to end its nuclear weapons and missiles. . development.

Observers say Pyongyang also appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.

North Korea has denounced past US military deployment and joint exercises as rehearsals for war and evidence of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul.

The visit marks the first visit to South Korea by a US aircraft carrier since 2018. That year, the Allies scaled back much of their joint military activities amid diplomatic efforts to engage with North Korea, but those talks have since stalled. and Pyongyang this month unveiled an updated law codifying its right to carry out nuclear strikes on first use, if necessary, to protect itself.

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Reporting by Josh Smith; Edited by Lincoln Feast.

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