A unit of US special forces tasked with carrying out "decapitation" operations may be aboard a nuclear-powered submarine docked in the South Korean port of Busan, the nation's newswire reported on Monday, citing a defence source. The USS Michigan, an 18,000-metric ton submarine, arrived in Busan on Friday, ahead of a ten day joint US-South Korean drill led by the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The US Navy maintains that the Michigan, known for carrying special-ops teams, is docked in a "routine port visit." The US military also denies training for decapitation missions or regime change, and does not typically comment on Navy SEAL deployments. However, the presence on board the...
North Korea warned that a nuclear war "may break out any moment" as the U.S. and South Korea began one of the largest joint naval drills off both the east and west coasts of the peninsula.
As tensions with North Korea continue to rise, the United States continues to bring more long-range precision striking power into the region. On October 13, USS Michigan (SSGN 727)-an Ohio-class guided-missile submarine-pulled into a South Korean naval base in the port city of Busan. While the U.S. Pacific Command states that Michigan's visit to the Republic of Korea (ROK) was long planned, the message to North Korea is clear-the United States will stand by Seoul if Pyongyang makes any aggressive moves.
North Korea on Monday told the United Nations that it will never negotiate the dismantling of its nuclear weapons unless the United States reverses its "hostile" policy. "Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiation table under any circumstance," he said.
The Trump administration intends to continue diplomatic efforts with North Korea "until the first bomb drops," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday.