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Alert: U.S. Aircraft Carrier Headed to Korean Waters For War Games Exercise

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Tensions continue to rise in Korea days after a North Korean attack that killed 2 civilians and 2 South Korean soldiers. The South has bolstered security near their western islands as well as sharply increased their military arsenal. They have also ordered the islands near the border of the North be evacuated. Both sides are bracing for some sort of provocation which could literally start a full fledged war.

Surprising, The United States has just sent an aircraft carrier to take part in a war games exercise  in the Korean Peninsula. After speaking with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, President Obama dispatched the USS George Washington from Japan to take part in the 4 day drill.

The Jerusalem Post

The USS George Washington, an aircraft carrier carrying 75 warplanes and a crew of over 6,000, shipped out towards Korean waters on Wednesday. According to US officials in Seoul, the carrier left Japan and was expected to join naval exercises with South Korea next week.

US Forces Korea pointed out in a statement that while the exercises were “planned well before yesterday’s unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the ROK (South Korea)-US alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence,” emphasizing that the exercise was defensive in nature, according to Reuters.

The conflict started when North Korea warned the South to stop an early morning military drill in disputed waters. The South preceded to fire shells into the area and eventually the North responded by firing into Yeonpyeong, injuring 16 and killing 4.

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