U.S. carriers will begin drills in rare show of force

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The rare joint drill involving the USS Ronald Reagan, USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt will begin Saturday, the Navy said in a statement.

The three aircraft carriers are expected to link up in the Sea of Japan later this week off the Korean Peninsula, a USA defense official tells Fox News.

While at sea, the strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, replenishment at sea, defensive air combat training, close-in coordinated maneuvers and other training.

Three unclear-powered USA aircraft carrier strike groups will hold training drills in waters off South Korea starting Friday in a show of force against North Korea.

It comes as Donald Trump ramped up the fighting talk against Kim Jong-un.

White House officials say the president intends to press China, North Korea's closest ally and top trading partner, to push the North to abandon its nuclear program.

Three U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike groups will conduct joint drills in the Pacific for the first time in a decade.

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"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Scott Swift, in the statement.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, on a trip late last month to South Korea, was at pains to stress that diplomacy was America's preferred course to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

"While in a war against China, U.S. carriers might be vulnerable, they wouldn't be in any conflict against North Korea.and three U.S. carriers can deliver a tremendous amount of airpower".

Kim was said to have examined it for a "long time" and warned the United States to cease its reckless actions, unless it wanted the North to follow through.

Shim added that Trump's way of pursuing foreign policy objectives through the support of naval power is a type of "gunboat diplomacy".

The move is widely seen as a push by Washington to demonstrate its commitment to its allies in the region, including Japan, amid the uptick in tensions with North Korea. This is a very different administration than the USA has had in the past.