North Korea directly threatened a U.S. aircraft carrier on Sunday, saying that it was “ready to sink” it.
“Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, boasted in a commentary on Sunday, according to Reuters.
North Korea’s statement comes weeks after President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson to patrol the waters of the Korean Peninsula.
Since its arrival, the Vinson Strike Group has been conducting joint exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force in the Philippine Sea.
Conservative Tribune reports:
The North Korean newspaper compared the carrier to a “gross animal” and said a strike would be “an actual example to show our military’s force,” reported the BBC.
The BBC also reported that the North Korean state newspaper Minju Joson also published a similar warning that the North Korean army would “deal merciless destructive blows at the enemies so that they would not come back to life again.”
Last week as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson toured Asian nations, Rodong Sinmun editors wrote: “In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only the US imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes.”
North Korea has been engaging in an aggressive foreign policy for the last several years. Earlier in the month, they tried to launch a nuclear missile, but the launch ended in catastrophic failure.
For years, former President Barack Obama allowed the North Koreans to engage in an aggressive foreign policy and he never held them accountable for their actions. Trump has promised to punish the North Koreans if they continue to overstep their boundaries and he appears willing to follow through on that promise.