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US stokes nuclear tension with carrier drills

Frank Smith
Press TV, Seoul

The strike group of the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier conducted military exercises off the Korean Peninsula this week.

This follows 11 days of the largest land-based drills involving South Korea and the US in almost five years.

The US has increased joint drills with South Korea in the past year, particularly those involving nuclear capable weapons- so-called strategic assets.

North Korea protested the drills, test firing ballistic and cruise missiles as Pyongyang views such exercises as a rehearsal for invasion. The Nimitz drills were followed up with a massive joint US- South Korea amphibious landing exercise Wednesday. Activists argue such drills carry risks.

For President Yoon Suk-yeol the drills show how he has succeeded in strengthening the US-South Korea alliance.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol recently dug deeper into his hardline position saying that North Korea would pay a price for its recent missile tests- what he calls provocations.

President Yoon also said he would not give Pyongyang a penny as long as it continued its development of nuclear weapons.

The confrontation on the Korean Peninsula may heat up further with even larger military exercises planned to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the US- South Korean alliance in June.

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