A US naval carrier group is in waters off the Korean Peninsula, after South Korean media reported the ships were deployed amid tensions over recent North Korean missile tests.
A US Navy official said the USS Abraham Lincoln group was in the Sea of Japan for exercises with Japanese forces to reassure allies and partners in the region.
The move comes amid growing US fears that North Korea is conducting an underground nuclear test.
It is the first time since 2017 that a group of carriers has deployed in the waters between South Korea and Japan.
That year, the USS Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt and Nimitz, and their multi-ship strike groups deployed in a show of force during North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons tests.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted unnamed sources as saying the USS Abraham Lincoln would operate in the area for three to five days.
Advisers to the South Korean president-elect have called for the redeployment of strategic US assets, such as aircraft carriers, nuclear bombers and submarines, to the Korean peninsula during talks during a visit to Washington this week. last.
North Korea has previously criticized US military drills as a rehearsal for war and said they are increasing tensions.