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U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint drills

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 00:57

U.S. commander says a visit by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to South Korea is not in response to recent provocations from the North. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). The U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis made a port call in South Korea on Sunday to participate in Seoul-Washington joint military drills. Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea, Bill Byrne, said the visit was not in response to any recent North Korean provocations, but was rather a sign of the U.S.' commitment to the U.S- South Korea alliance. North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Thursday in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, as South Korean and U.S. forces conducted massive war games. North Korea often fires short-range missiles when tensions rise on the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang gets particularly upset about the annual U.S.-South Korea drills, which it says are preparations for an invasion. South Korea's Defence Ministry has called this year's joint military exercises the "largest-ever". The United States and South Korea remain technically at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armed truce instead of a peace agreement.

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U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint drills

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 00:57