USS Michigan Nuclear Submarine Headed to South Korea, US Defense Official Says

USS Michigan Nuclear Submarine Headed to South Korea, US Defense Official Says

The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan at Busan in South Korea on April 25.

A nuclear-powered USA submarine arrived in a South Korean port on Tuesday in a show of force amid concerns that North Korea may attempt another missile launch or nuclear test on Tuesday. South Korea's Yonhap news agency earlier said that the exercise involved 300 to 400 artillery pieces, but an official from Seoul's Defense Ministry couldn't confirm such details.

The North Korean state newspaper claimed to have weaponry that "can reach continental USA and Asia Pacific region" and the "absolute weapon", or a nuclear hydrogen bomb. Pyongyang residents hold mass dances across the city to mark the 85th anniversary of the country's army.

North Korea often marks significant dates by displaying its military capability and has conducted five nuclear tests.

Trump's admonition on Monday came as the White House scheduled high-level meetings on North Korea amid concerns about a sixth nuclear test and as tensions escalated over the weekend with the arrest of an American citizen.

The USS Michigan is built to carry submarine-launched ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles. Cmdr. Jang Wook from South Korean navy public affairs said there was no plan for a drill.

The Michigan could be deployed in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, off the Korean Peninsula, said Carl Schuster, a Hawaii Pacific University professor and former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command's Joint Intelligence Center.

North Korea conducted a failed ballistic missile test on 16 April, prompting US Vice-President Mike Pence to warn it not to "test" President Donald Trump.

Separately, envoys from South Korea, Japan and the U.S. have been meeting in Tokyo to discuss North Korea's refusal to abandon its nuclear program. Trump spoke again to the leaders of China and Japan late Sunday to discuss the matter.

Mr Trump on Monday urged UN Security Council ambassadors to consider stronger sanctions against Pyongyang, and United States senators will be briefed on North Korea at the White House on Wednesday. President Donald Trump urged the United Nations to impose "stronger sanctions" if Pyongyang continued to defy the UN's ban on nuclear and missile tests.

As a USA nuclear-powered missile submarine docked in South Korea today, North Korea put on a huge live-fire artillery drill to commemorate the foundation of its military-and, presumably, show the world who's boss.

China is North Korea's only ally and main trading partner - and the USA has been urging Beijing to help put pressure on Pyongyang.

Xi told Trump that China resolutely opposed any actions that ran counter to UN Security Council resolutions, China's foreign ministry said.

North Korea routinely accuses the United States of readying for an invasion, and threatens pre-emptive strikes to stop it.

The U.S. and its allies are bracing themselves for possible provocations as North Korea gears up for a major national holiday.

But asked what would happen if North Korea tests an intercontinental missile or nuclear device, Haley said, "I think then the president steps in and decides what's going to happen".

A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is warning North Korea against conducting another nuclear test, saying that would likely propel events past the "point of no return". The US Army has also joined the exercise.



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