The planned joint maritime drills between South Korea and United States of America are taking place. U.S. aircraft carrier is protecting the drills. The operation is scheduled and is from defensive character.
Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok announced:
"The maritime training between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan is a humanitarian training exercise to search and rescue private ships that meet with a disaster,"
Japan also takes part in the exercise between the 3 countries. The Defense Ministry spokesman of S.Korea said that the country must not be blamed for the naval exercise by North Korea.
The presence of the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS George Washington, in the South Korean port of Busan is provoking a reaction in the neighbor North Korea. The ship arrived for the planned maritime drills off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula. The exercise is expected to continue 3 days.
USS George Washington is 97,000-ton nuclear-powered super-carrier, abbreviation GW, 1,092 ft (333 m) long, 257 ft (78 m) wide and 244 feet (74 m) named after the 1st American President. The super ship is able to transport 80 aircrafts.
In the joint exercise will participate more American ships, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam CG-54 and guided-missile destroyer USS Preble DDG 88.
The S.Korean spokesman also added that aircrafts and the warships will be used for the training of search and rescue operations for wrecked vessels.
North Korea is not happy with the current scheduled maritime drills and criticized the South Korean military actions.
Defense representatives of South Korea and the United States of America agreed to the "Tailored Deterrence Strategy" giving the countries the possibility to make preventive strikes against any danger.
The DPRK's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea informed today that the joint defense actions could damage the dialogue all plans for peace. Military operations(exercises) of this kind could destroy everything achieved so far.
The DPRK's Committee have sent words of criticism against the President Park(South Korea) for the joint maritime drills.