NEWS Two Japanese ships have joined the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on its way to Korean peninsula

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is scheduled to arrive in the waters around the Korean peninsula within days. Meanwhile, Japan said two of its ships have joined the aircraft carrier group for a joint exercise.

The aircraft carrier group should arrive in waters along the Korean Peninsula “within days,” US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, without giving any specific details.

Meanwhile, Japanese destroyers Samidare and Ashigara joined the USS Carl Vinson’s group to carry out “various tactical exercises,” the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) said in a statement on Sunday. The area in which the exercises are to be conducted was vaguely described as the “Western Pacific.”

Tensions between North Korea and the US have been growing exponentially over the past few weeks. Pyongyang has repeatedly urged Washington to snap out of its “military hysteria” and come to its “senses” – or face a merciless response, if “provocations” against North Korea continue.

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