U.S. aircraft carrier sends warning to North Korea
STORY: A US aircraft carrier arrived in South Korea on Friday - for the first time in four years.
It will join South Korean ships in a military show of force - which officials say is aimed at sending a message to North Korea.
The USS Ronald Reagan and ships from her escort forces docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan.
US strike group commander Rear Admiral Micheal Donnelly said the US stands firmly on South Korea:
“So we leave the embassy to the diplomats. Our interactions with the ROK (Republic of Korea) Navy are tactically focused in developing interoperability to ensure a credible combat capability.”
"And (it's an) opportunity for us to practice our tactics and operations and show we stand together."
Its arrival is the biggest development yet - as part of a new push to get more nuclear-capable US "strategic assets" up and running in the region to deter the North.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol wants more joint military exercises as a warning to Kim Jong-un - after North Korea conducted a record number of missile tests this year.
Analysts believe Pyongyang appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017 - after previous talks failed to persuade North Korea to end its nuclear program.
History - North Korea has denounced previous joint exercises as war drills - and evidence of hostility from Washington and Seoul.
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