South Korea, USA and Japan took place this Wednesday naval maneuvers joint operations in waters south of the peninsula, which included the participation of a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. These maneuvers were carried out after the regime of North Korea recently carried out the test launch of a new hypersonic missilewhich has increased tension in the region.
The exercises were carried out in waters near the jeju island, in the southwest of the peninsula, from Monday to Wednesday, with the participation of nine ships from the three countries. The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was part of these maneuvers, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in a statement.
Besides of USS Carl Vinsonthe destroyers participated USS Kidd and USS Sterettas well as the missile cruiser USS Princeton by the United States. South Korea deployed destroyers ROK Sejong The Great and ROK Wang Geonwhile Japan participated with its destroyer JS Kongo.
These joint exercises began a day after North Korea carried out a test launch of what it claimed to be a intermediate range ballistic missile solid fuel with a hypersonic warheadrepresenting its first such test in 2024.
According to the JCS statement, “the exercises aim to reinforce the deterrence capabilities and response of the three nations against the nuclear threat and missiles North Korea”, as well as against other maritime threats, such as the transport of weapons.
These joint exercises are the first carried out by Seoul, Washington and Tokyo since they launched a real-time information exchange system on North Korean launches, and after agreeing to jointly establish a multi-year exercise plan to counter the development of Pyongyang.
During the first day last Monday, the admiral Kim Myung-soochief of the South Korean General Staff, visited the US aircraft carrier and highlighted the importance of the maneuvers, also promising to intensify the combined action posture as agreed.
The recent weapons development of North Korea has increased concern and tension in the region, as the hypersonic projectiles and solid fuel are more maneuverable and are considered more difficult to detect and shoot down.
Added to this latest weapons test are the words spoken on Monday by the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, who advocated removing any reference to the possibility of reunification with the South in the constitution, declaring the country its main enemy. This message represents the harshest position expressed by Kim Jong-un towards Seoul during his term and reflects a significant diplomatic shift by Pyongyang.
The North Korean regime also noted that they will not recognize the de facto maritime border between the two countries and threatened open war if Seoul violates “even 0.001 millimeters” of its territory.
The South Korean president, Yoon Suk Yeol, He told his cabinet that a provocation from the North will receive a response “multiple times stronger” and emphasized the “overwhelming response capabilities” of his army.
In a speech before the Supreme People’s Assembly, Kim called for the adoption of new legal measures that would formally define Korea from the south as “the most hostile country,” reported KCNA.
“We can specify in our Constitution the question of completely occupying, subjugating and recovering the Republic of Korea and annex it as part of the territory of our Republic in the event that a war breaks out,” declared the dictator.
(With information from EFE)