Japan is joining up with the US to carry out drills, according to reports
The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (MSDF) may carry out helicopter landings on the USS Carl Vinson, which was deployed near the Korean peninsula in the wake of Kim Jong-un’s missile tests.
It is believed the joint military drills are to be carried out as a show of strength towards Kim Jong-un’s despotic regime.
Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson enters the East China Sea
An anonymous source told Reuters: "Japan wants to dispatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson enters the East China Sea."
One source who told Reuters about the drills has direct knowledge of the plan, while the other has reportedly been briefed.
Japanese military officials refused to comment on the proposed drills.
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The joint show of military might between the US and Japan could anger China.
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Kim Jong-un’s state-owned news agency KCNA claimed Trump’s deployment showed “reckless moves for invading” that had now “reached a serious phase”.
Tensions regarding North Korea have threatened to boil over in recent weeks after Donald Trump promised to deal with the nation unilaterally should China not help and put pressure on their neighbour and ally.
The US President tweeted: "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A."
He added: “I explained to the President of China that a trade deal with the U.S. will be far better for them if they solve the North Korean problem!"
USS Carl Vinson has been deployed near North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s sabre rattling in recent months has continued to escalate after the leader continues to carry out a series of nuclear and missile tests.
A foreign ministry statement from the North Korean government on KCNA said: “We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.
"The DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US.”