North Korea threatens ready to strike U.S aircraft carrier

North Korea declared on Sunday that it was ready to sink a United States aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might.
By Aaron Sims | Apr 25, 2017
North Korea declared on Sunday that it was ready to sink a United States aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might.

The threat came as two Japanese navy ships joined a U.S carrier group for exercises in the Western Pacific.

United States President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters near the Korean Peninsula.

The deployment of the carriers was in response to rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

The U.S government has not specified where the carrier group is at as it approaches the Korean Peninsula.

On Saturday, United States Vice President Mike Pence said that the carrier group would arrive "within days", but revealed no further details.

However, Kim Jong Un's government has remained defiant.

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S nuclear=powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers party said in a commentary.

The paper likened the U.S carrier group to a "gross animal", adding that a strike on it would be "an actual example to show our military's force."

The commentary appeared on page three of the newspaper, after a two-page feature about the country's leader Kim Jong Un visiting a pig farm.

During a visit to Greece, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said there were already enough shows of force. Yi appealed for calm.

According to a statement released by China's Foreign Ministry, Yiurged the countries involved to issue peaceful and rational "sounds".

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