An “armada” of American warships – led by the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson – is now within range of the Hermit Kingdom.
Donald Trump sent the Carl Vinson, guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy and USS Wayne E Meyer to stop Kim Jong-un testing a new nuclear weapon or ballistic missile.
The group is now in the Philippine Sea, just east of the Japanese island of Okinawa – and is within “striking range” of North Korea.
The navy fleet will continue north over the coming days.
US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, the top US Pacific commander, said the group was standing by “in strike range and power projection range of North Korea if called upon to do that.”
The fleet practiced for war with North Korea with a series of military drills yesterday.
US allies South Korea and Japan surrounded North Korea with joint exercises on both sides of the Korean peninsula.
The Carl Vinson’s air wing trained with the Japanese air force in the sea south of Japan.
The Wayne Meyer carried out exercises with South Korean Navy ship Wanggeon in the Yellow Sea, between China and Korea, on Tuesday.
The Lake Champlain and Michael Murphy stayed with the Carl Vinson.
Another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald trained with the Japanese destroyer the JS Chokai in the Sea of Japan, between Korea and Japan.