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U.S. aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea

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U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is escorted into Busan Naval Base in Busan, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. The USS Ronald Reagan arrived to participate in  upcoming joint military drills with South Korea in the East Sea - the first time since 2017.
U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan is escorted into Busan Naval Base in Busan, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. The USS Ronald Reagan arrived to participate in upcoming joint military drills with South Korea in the East Sea - the first time since 2017. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) Photo Gallery

BUSAN, South Korea — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan today ahead of the two countries’ joint military exercise that aims to show their strength against growing North Korean threats.

The joint drills will be the first involving a U.S. aircraft carrier in the region since 2017, when the U.S. sent three aircraft carriers including the Reagan for naval drills with South Korea in response to North Korean nuclear and missile tests.

The allies this year have revived their large-scale military drills that were downsized or shelved in previous years to support diplomacy with Pyongyang or because of COVID-19, responding to North Korea’s resumption of major weapons testing and increasing threats of nuclear conflicts with Seoul and Washington.

The South Korean navy said its combined training with the Reagan battle group is meant to boost the allies’ military readiness and to show the “resolve of the Korea-U.S. alliance.”

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