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US Sends 2 More Aircraft Carriers to Korean Peninsula

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By Theodore Bunker   |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 12:50 PM

The United States has added two aircraft carriers to the growing number of ships headed to the Korean Peninsula, The Daily Mail reports.

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency first reported that the USS Ronald Reagan, currently in Yokosuka, Japan, and the USS Nimitz, now under assessment in Oregon, will leave for the Sea of Japan next week. China and Russia have reportedly launched "spy vessels" to follow the ships, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun in The Japan News, citing unnamed sources in the Japanese government.

The U.S. group will conduct joint exercises with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force following reports of missile tests in North Korea following the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung.

The Independent reported last week that China sent 150,000 troops to the North Korean border following a phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump addressed the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea while on Fox News Tuesday.

"I don't want to telegraph what I'm doing or what I'm thinking ... we'll see what happens," he said. "I hope things work out well. I hope there's going to be peace. But you know, they've been talking with this gentleman for a long time ... everybody's been outplayed. They've all been outplayed by this gentleman and we'll see what happens."

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