The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers, just received orders from President Trump to deploy to the western Pacific region, where it will join the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan in letting North Korea know that it’s way past time to stop its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
According to experts, it’s rare for the U.S. military to have three aircraft carriers simultaneously deployed in the same location, which underscores the seriousness of the situation.
Promising to prevent communist dictator Kim Jong Un from being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile, President Trump discussed the issue on Friday just prior to the G-7 meetings in Sicily, stating that world leaders need to have “particular focus on the North Korea problem.”
According to a White House statement issued Friday, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to “enhance sanctions on North Korea.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. military is set to test a system designed to shoot down a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday by the Missile Defense Agency. Since 1999, the Pentagon has used the unreliable Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to intercept other kinds of intercontinental missiles, but they’ve never tried it on an ICBM.The last time the GMD was successfully tested was in June of 2014. However, three tests prior to that were failures.
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