North Korea Warns it is ‘Ready to Sink’
North Korea warns it is ready to sink the USS Carl Vinson carrier as it heads toward the Korean Peninsula. Tensions rose over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile ambitions. The USS Carl Vinson, according to US vice-president Mike Pence, is scheduled to arrive within days following a short training exercise with Australian forces. The Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Worker’s Party, wrote in a commentary, “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a US nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike.” The newspaper added that the strike would be “an actual example to show our military’s force.” The paper referred to the aircraft carrier as a “gross animal.”
Arrest Further Raises Tensions
Tensions were further raised by North Korea following the arrest of a Korean-American at Pyongyang airport as he attempted to leave the country. Accounting teacher Tony Kim had been working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology for just one month. Kim is a US citizen. He was apprehended at the airport as he was getting ready to leave North Korea.
President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail waters off the Korean peninsula. This is in response to the rising tensions over the North’s nuclear missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
North Korea has threatened to conduct another nuclear test within the next few days. All eyes are on the country as it marks the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People’s Army tomorrow.