North Korea threatens to sink United States aircraft carrier with single strike

Elias Hubbard
May 8, 2017

There was controversy after top US officials misleadingly said last week that the USS Carl Vinson was heading to the Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea.

Trump told Fox Business News on April 12th "we're sending an armada [to Korea]" The problem? "Very powerful", he said. Last year, US Marines lost five of the aircraft to crashes that killed three pilots.

The aircraft carrier had canceled a scheduled visit to Australia to divert toward North Korea in a show of force, though it still conducted a curtailed training exercise with Australia before doing so. "That I can tell you", Trump said.

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson transits the South China Sea on April 9.

It turns out the carrier group was never actually steaming towards the peninsula, but rather heading to joint exercises with the Australian navy.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, however, compounded the confusion, by doubling down on the President's assertions. The Vinson wasn't headed to Korea.

The pilot ejected from his F/A 18E Super-Hornet during its "final approach" to the USS Carl Vinson, where it was assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2. He was not injured.

It has in the past marked important anniversaries with tests of its weapons. Vinson and her escorts have left Australia and should be off the coast of Korea "sometime next week", according to U.S. However, the U.S. has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area.

North Korea says its nuclear programme is defensive but it is trying to develop weapons small enough to put on ballistic missiles.

"We need to issue peaceful and rational sounds", Wang Yi said.

"The global community unequivocally acknowledges that Korea was never a part of China in its thousands of years of history that no one can deny the fact", he added.

While on its final approach to land on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a US pilot was ejected from this aircraft.

The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force had said in a statement that they will "practice a variety of tactics" with the USA strike group.

The date and location for the exercise have not been set yet, but the destroyers are likely to join the strike group at some point.

North Korea remains defiant, Reuters reported.

South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun gave no further details about the South's plans, other than saying Seoul was holding discussions with the U.S. Navy.

"Authorities of the Trump administration are spouting a load of rubbish calling for browbeating the DPRK by force of arms every day".

Calling the Vinson a "gross animal", the paper stated a strike on the carrier would be an "example to show our military force".

"Such intimidation and blackmail can never frighten the DPRK", the official added.

Amid rising tensions between North Korea and the United States, the North Korean government has warned USA that it is ready to sink an U.S. aircraft carrier.

Earlier this week, the North tested an apparent medium-range missile that blew up nearly immediately.

Tensions continue to rise between North Korea and the United States as Kim Jong-Un continues his missile testing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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