Donald Trump is risking “millions” of lives by deploying an aircraft carrier strike group near the Korean peninsula, a congressman has warned.
Democrat Ted Lieu of California also claimed the “risk of harm to US troops” had “significantly increased” in the last two days, citing the naval deployment and missile strikes on Syria following the alleged chemical attack in Idlib province earlier this week.
The US Navy has sent the 100,000-ton USS Carl Vinson, along with its support ships, to the western Pacific as a show of force amid fears over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes.
This year North Korean officials, including dictator Kim Jong-un, have repeatedly indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be imminent, possibly as soon as 15 April, the 105th birthday of North Korea’s founding president and celebrated annually as “the Day of the Sun”.
Since January the Carl Vinson, one of the US’ so-called “super-carriers”, has participated in numerous exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force and Republic of Korea Navy, various maritime security initiatives, and routine patrol operations in the South China Sea.
Mr Lieu, who is a colonel in the US Air Force reserves, said on Twitter: “Note to @POTUS: Unlike Syria, N. Korea has nukes & can rain down artillery on S. Korea. You mess up and millions can die on Korean Peninsula.
“In the last 48 hours, @realDonaldTrump significantly increased the risk of harm to US troops in Syria and South Korea.
“#TheScaryThingIs what happens if N. Korea does another missile test after this “show of force” by…
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