Three American aircraft carriers will enter the Sea of Japan next week, South Korean media has reported.
In a sign of rapidly escalating diplomatic tension, the South Korean Yonhap news agency, citing a source close to the country’s government, said the USS Carl Vinson, USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz had been directed towards the Korean peninsula.
The reports come after military forces in South Korea and the US announced on Sunday that they had recorded a failed test launch of a ballistic missile from Pyongyang.
China and Russia have dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is heading toward waters near the Korean Peninsula, multiple sources of the Japanese government revealed to The Yomiuri Shimbun.
It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea. The Self-Defense Forces are strengthening warning and surveillance activities in the waters and airspace around the area, according to the sources.
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