US, South Korea Begin Naval War Drills Amid High Tensions

November 28, 2010

(ChattahBox World News)—The nuclear-powered USS George Washington joined the Korean Navy in war exercises in the Yellow Sea early Sunday morning, amid incendiary rhetoric from North Korea, warning of a “merciless shower of fire” and dire “consequences,” if the military maneuvers are conducted. China also issued a warning to the U.S. not to enter into its “economic zone.” The over-the-top rhetoric is nothing new, when the U.S. holds war exercises in the region as a deterrent to North Korea’s increasing aggression and nuclear ambitions. But the threats have taken on a more menacing tone, since North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island, just days ago, killing four people and leaving the community in ruins.

The USS George Washington will participate in a series of war drills in the tense Korean peninsula, until Wednesday. And more fiery rhetoric is expected from North Korea, as the exercises continue.

The Korea Times writes:

“The drills started around 6 a.m. Sunday with the USS George Washington joining our warships in the Yellow Sea,” said an official at the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), adding the drills are taking place off the west coast town of Taean, far south of the tense Yellow Sea border where Tuesday’s attack took place.”

“The nuclear-powered USS George Washington, with over 6,000 sailors and 75 fighter jets aboard, was heading for the Yellow Sea waters for the military drills that are to run through Wednesday. About 10 warships from the allies were also mobilized.”

Meanwhile, North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, issued its own bellicose warning.

We are “getting fully ready to give a shower of dreadful fire and blow up the bulwark of the enemies if they dare to encroach again upon” the territory of North Korea, the statement said.

Photo Source: US Navy, by Mass Communications Specialist Second Class Clifford L. H. Davis


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