|The US military has ordered a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula. The Carl Vinson Strike Group comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships. US Pacific Command described the deployment as a prudent measure to maintain readiness in the region.|
President Trump has said the US is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea. The strike group comprises the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser.
|North Korea has carried out several nuclear tests and experts predict more could be in the offing as it moves closer towards developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the US.
There have been indications from North Korea that it may test an intercontinental missile. On Wednesday, it test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan. That test came a month after four ballistic missiles were fired.|
The US Treasury recently slapped sanctions on 11 North Korean business representatives and one company, while US politicians overwhelmingly backed a bill relisting the North as a state sponsor of terror.