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Korean warships train with three U.S. aircraft carriers in East Sea

Korean warships train with three U.S. aircraft carriers in East Sea

"The U.S. efforts to expand its military influence in Asia-Pacific and the movement of big neighboring powers to contain it escalate the military tension and increase arms race in the region with each passing day", it said.

In a statement lashing out at Trump on Saturday, North Korea also referred to him as a "dotard", a word meaning a very old person, and one the reclusive nation has used on him in the past.

The US administration thinks China's economic leverage over North Korea is the key to strong-arming Pyongyang into halting its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.

The drills began in waters off South Korea's eastern coast. Pyongyang described Trump's trip as "nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the USA defense industry".

President Trump is now on a tour of Asia that has taken him to Japan, South Korea and China so far.

In the first comments on Mr Trump's visit by a North Korean official, a Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman said it was a "warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid" North Korea of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence, the state-run KCNA news agency reported.

Tensions have been running high since North Korea test-fired two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July, conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3 and flew ballistic missiles over Japan on August 29 and September 15.

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This image shows three USA aircraft carriers.

The strike force plans to conduct air defense drills, sea surveillance, defensive air combat training as well as other maneuvers. It involves the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Nimitz and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

It's the first time since a 2007 exercise near Guam that three US carrier strike groups are operating together in the Western Pacific, according to the US Navy's 7th Fleet.

The two also oversaw the signing of about $250 billion in commercial deals, but there was little progress reported on USA firms complaints about market access or USA government probes into issues like intellectual property theft.

The use of nuclear weapons by Kim Jong-un could not be ruled out and a full-scale war would probably not destroy Pyongyang's nuclear capability totally he warned. "The world has been provoked".

Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Jan-Marc Jouas warned in a leaked letter to members of Congress that U.S. troops are vastly outnumbered and undersupplied if World War 3 breaks out.