S Korea launch major war drills as N Korea looks on

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The South Korean Navy has started a joint naval exercise with the USA involving three US nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to deliver a strong warning to North Korea.

The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan conducts joint drills with the South Korean navy at sea on October 19.

The three aircraft carriers are expected to link up in the Sea of Japan later this week off the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official tells Fox News.

President Trump is now on a tour of Asia that has taken him to Japan, South Korea and China so far.

North Korea has launched a stinging attack on US President Donald Trump following his visit to South Korea.

The drill is an effort to show North Korea the country's military strength and capability to respond as the nuclear threat continues to loom in Pyongyang, reported the news outlet.

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Seven South Korean navy vessels - three destroyers and four escort ships - will take part in the exercises, the South Korean official said. U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift described the training as a "rare opportunity".

It's the first time since 2007 that three USA carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific. They will successively enter the exercise area in global waters east of the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, and at one point around Monday will operate together.

Pyongyang detonated its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb in September after months of ballistic missile tests that riled Washington and its allies Japan and South Korea. The 7th Fleet said that the previous joint exercises involving three carrier strike groups had taken place off the coast of Guam in 2006 and 2007.

It has repeatedly threatened to launch ballistic missiles into the waters around the US territory of Guam.

Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

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