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USS North Carolina Submarine Will Stop By South Korea Next Week; US, Japan And S. Korea Strengthen Ties

By February 11, 2016 at 12:00 am
U.S. soldiers stand guards in front of U.S. F16 fighter jet at Osan Air Base on January 10, 2016 in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. South Korea and the United States have deployed the B-52 Stratofortress, a long-range strategic bomber over the Korean Peninsula (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun | Getty Images World)

According to an official on Thursday, the United States is planning to send USS North Carolina, its attack submarine to South Korea next week to show military might against North Korea who had been generating provocations in the region. "The U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered submarine USS North Carolina is coming to South Korea as far as I know."

The Virginia-class Navy attack USS North Carolina submarine can carry Tomahawk all-weather cruise missiles as wella s Mark 48 torpedoes that are submarine-launched. It cruises at 46 kilometers an hour. The U.S. likewise plans to send its Nimitz-class John C. Stennis, a nuclear-powered supercarrier to be part of the U.S. - S. Korea military exercises next month, officials said.

The two allies are exerting efforts to deter N.K. from staging more military advancements after its Jan. 6 nuke test and Feb. 7 rocket launch, said Yonhap News. An official stated: "The U.S. military will send a warning message and reassert its commitment to the defense of South Korea through the deployment of the key strategic assets to the Korean Peninsula."

Aside from the USS North Carolina submarine, the U.S. is said to consider dispatching other combat aircrafts to S. Korea, perhaps, F-22 stealth tactical fighters and a B-2 stealth bomber. Last month the U.S. dispatched the B-2 strategic bomber to South Korea right after N.K.'s nuclear test, to show force.

Meanwhile, top military officers from the U.S., Japan and S. Korea agreed at a Wednesday meeting to set up coordination of security efforts, as well as information-sharing in light of threats from North Korea. The defense chiefs of the three countries issued a joint statement, said The Jerusalem Post.

They agreed to respond firmly to the actions of the totalitarian state through "trilateral information sharing" as well as "to coordinate further on mutual security issues to enhance peace and stability in the region."

Japan's own sanctions for N. Korea includes prohibiting money transfers and barring N.K. ships as well as third-country ships that visited the North on its ports, said WSJ.

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