Pentagon: USS George Washington Nuclear Aircraft Carrier to join military drills off Korean Peninsula
U.S. Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell said on Thursday aircraft carrier USS George Washington will be sent to waters off the Korean Peninsula to participate in war games with South Korea.
"The USS George Washington will indeed exercise in the Yellow Sea," Geoff Morrell said.
China has voiced objection to any military drills off its coast. The drills were postponed from its original schedule on Sept. 5-9.
However, Morrell didn't give a specific timetable, stressing that it's not an affront to China, but rather a warning to Pyongyang.
This is not a warning to North Korea; it is a warning to China, which considers the Yellow Sea its back yard.
It appears that the US is looking to ratchet up tensions in the region, rather than reduce them.