Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

US South Korea joint military drills begin in Western Pacific

US South Korea joint military drills begin in Western Pacific

The three carriers will be likely together in the drills around Monday, according to a South Korean military official, who didn't want to be named, citing office rules. Trump has previously derided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "rocket man".

Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

"Together we have in our power to finally liberate this region and the world from this very serious nuclear menace, but it will require collective action, collective strength and collective devotion to winning the peace", Trump said.

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger", Trump said about North Korea during an address at South Korea's National Assembly in Seoul.

In the first comments on Mr Trump's visit by a North Korean official, a Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman said it was a "warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid" North Korea of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence, the state-run KCNA news agency reported.

The harsh words between the leaders have escalated in recent months after North Korea threatened to launch missiles toward the United States territory of Guam.

The US on Saturday began a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific. The carriers will conduct several training activities, including air defense drills, sea surveillance and defense air combat, until Tuesday. USS Reagan, based in Japan, will continue operations in the area.

It marks the first time that the country's Navy has conducted a combined training with three US aircraft carriers.

The two also oversaw the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals, but there was little progress reported on U.S. firms complaints about market access or United States government probes into issues like intellectual property theft.

Trump continued to push his harsh rhetoric for North Korea on Sunday, telling reporters that "the world has been provoked" by the rogue nation.

The statement, which called the country's nuclear program "righteous and inevitable", continued: "He boasted about the "overwhelming superiority of USA power" and 'peace through strength.' But he needs to be well advised that it is the stand of the DPRK to defend our sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S".

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