The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier made a port call in South Korea on Wednesday amid warnings from military leaders that their upcoming joint war games may be disrupted by a strike from North Korea.
General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, also reassured the alliance of the White House’s commitment to their partnership, as the South brings in a new government following the ouster of now-ex-President Park Geun-hye.
Seoul announced Wednesday that it will follow constitutional guidelines and hold a new election May 9.
After speaking with his South Korean counterpart General Lee Sun-jin, Dunford said in a statement, "The [South Korea]-US Alliance is ironclad, and the combined defense posture is firm regardless of the political situation in Korea." He added that the military chiefs "recognized the possibility that North Korea could conduct provocative actions during the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercise, or in connection with North Korean major political events in April."
While US vessels will not fire anti-ship missiles at their own aircraft carriers the Israelis (neocons), with their Dolphin-class submarines, might.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, March 18th, 2017.]