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A US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea as a warning to North Korea

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The USS Ronald Reagan and ships from its accompanying strike force have docked at a naval base in the southern port city of Busan.

His arrival marks the largest deployment to date as part of a new push for more US nuclear-capable “strategic assets” to operate in the area to deter North Korea.

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has pushed for more joint exercises and other displays of military might as a warning to North Korea, which earlier this year carried out a record number of missile tests after that talks to persuade it to end its development of nuclear weapons and missiles failed.

Observers say Pyongyang also appears to be preparing to resume nuclear testing for the first time since 2017.

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North Korea has denounced past US military deployments and joint drills as rehearsals of war and proof of hostile policies by Washington and Seoul.

The visit is the first by a US aircraft carrier to South Korea since 2018. That year, the allies scaled back many of their joint military activities amid diplomatic efforts to engage with North Korea, but those talks have since stalled and Pyongyang this month unveiled an updated law that codifies its right to carry out first-use nuclear strikes if necessary to protect itself.

Source: Ambito

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