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North Korea: 3 United States aircraft carriers creating 'worst ever' situation

North Korea: 3 United States aircraft carriers creating 'worst ever' situation

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Navy Adm. Scott Swift, said in a U.S. 7th Fleet release.

North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Ja Song Nam said in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that this was "the worst ever situation prevailing in and around the Korean peninsula".

"Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex", he added.

The three strike groups are led by the USS Ronald Reagan, based in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Nimitz, based in the state of Washington, according to the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in Yokosuka.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon that "this is what we normally do with allies".

Washington "is now running amok for war exercises by introducing nuclear war equipment in and around the Korean Peninsula, thereby proving that the U.S. itself is the major offender of the escalation of tension and undermining of the peace", the letter read.

Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun will meet South Korean and global officials, according to the US State Department, although there is no indication his visit will include talks with the North, Reuters reported.

"Nobody knows when and how the "war maniac" Trump will ignite the 'wick of war, '" the officials said, referring to the presence of the carriers near the peninsula.

Following the bilateral JMSDF-US Navy exercise, the carriers strike groups linked up with seven Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) warships including two Aegis guided missile destroyers for war games meant to deter North Korea.

Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force held a joint exercise with the USA strike groups on November 12.

The exercise is the first time three carrier strike groups have operated together in the Western Pacific since exercises Valiant Shield 2006 and 2007 off the coast of Guam, according to Navy officials.