US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson arrives in South Korea port

US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrives in South Korea port

Fighter jets sit on the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as it arrives at a port in Busan, South Korea, November 21, 2023. Yonhap via REUTERS Acquire Licensing Rights

SEOUL, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson arrived at a port in the South Korean city of Busan on Tuesday, in a show of extended deterrence against North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, South Korea’s navy said.

The arrival comes as North Korea plans to launch a rocket carrying a space satellite between Nov. 22 and Dec. 1 in the direction of the Yellow Sea and East China Sea, according to Japan’s Coast Guard,

It would mark a third attempt by the nuclear-armed North this year to put a spy satellite into orbit.

In a statement, South Korean Rear Admiral Kim Ji-hoon said the arrival of the Carl Vinson showed a “strong combined defence posture and a determined willingness to respond to North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile threats” by the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

Reporting by Hyunsu Yim
Editing by Ed Davies

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