US Plans Military Exercises Off Korean Peninsula

Oct 10, 2017

The United States and South Korea will be partnering for another round of military exercises in the Pacific in the waters off the Korean peninsula. The Pentagon dispatched the USS Michigan to South Korea. The nuclear powered submarine is expected to arrive by the end of the week. The American aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan will participate as well. North Korea will be celebrating the “founding of the country’s ruling Communist Party” on Tuesday. Officials in South Korea and the Pentagon believe that North Korea could launch another round of missiles as early as Tuesday to mark the celebration. The USS Ronald Reagan has been in Korean waters since September after North Korea fired missiles over Japan. On Monday, Secretary of Defense Mattis said that the U.S. is working through diplomacy and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program. He said that soldiers must be ready to fight if negotiations fail.