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US Navy aircraft carriers operate off Korean Peninsula

US Navy aircraft carriers operate off Korean Peninsula

A total of seven South Korean navy vessels, including Aegis-equipped warships, will participate in the drill, the statement said, to accompany 14 US naval warships.

South Korean warships joined three US aircraft carriers Saturday in an unusually strong display of naval force aimed at North Korea, whose nuclear ambitions have been a focus of US President Donald Trump's ongoing tour of Asia. The Aegis technology refers to missile tracking and guidance.

American leaders, including President Donald Trump, have warned the belligerent regime not to "underestimate" or "test" USA strength.

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The U.S. Navy's previous training operation involving three carriers was in the vicinity of Guam in the Western Pacific in 2007 during the Valiant Shield exercise.

The goal of the exercise was to demonstrate the U.S. Navy's ability to "operate multiple carrier strike groups as a coordinated strike force efforts", the navy said, adding that the three carrier strike groups will conduct training including "air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuver".

Trump is in Vietnam as part of his 12-day tour of Asia, and North Korea's nuclear weapons programme has been a major talking point with his Japanese, South Korean and Chinese counterparts.

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It also flew two new midrange missiles over Japan and threatened to launch them toward Guam, a US Pacific territory and military hub. That includes a stern speech delivered in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, in which he said: 'Do not underestimate us. And do not try us. "Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face".

North Korea also announced that they will be closely monitoring the President's time in Asia.

"Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance", the North's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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Trump will attend a state banquet on Saturday before a welcoming and deal-signing ceremony on Sunday morning.