Weeks of threat and counter-threat between the US and North Korea came to an end in mid-April, but the arrival of the USS Nimitz, an aircraft carrier, looks to re-inflame tensions in the area.
North Korean officials condemned the arrival of the Nimitz as a “extremely reckless provocation” and warned it once again raised the risk of war on the Korean Peninsula.
The Nimitz is supposed to participate in two days of military drills with South Korea. US Navy officials insisted its deployment was “in accordance with international law” and that it also somehow “contributes to economic development.”
The April tensions were similarly the result of an annual US military exercise, though this week’s drill is much smaller and not nearly as long, limiting the amount of time that it will serve to exacerbate tensions on the divided peninsula.