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USS Theodore Roosevelt Arrives in South Korea for Military Training Exercise

The USS Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group Arrives in South Korea for Three-Way Exercise

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered United States aircraft carrier, USS Theodore Roosevelt, arrived in South Korea for a three-way exercise on Saturday to enhance military training capabilities in response to increased threats from North Korea following its recent alignment with Russia.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt’s arrival in Busan comes shortly after South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest a defense pact between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The pact pledges mutual defense assistance in the event of war, posing a significant security threat to South Korea. In response, South Korea has warned that it may consider sending arms to Ukraine to help fight off the Russian invasion, a move that could strain its relations with Moscow.

The three-way exercise, called Freedom Edge, was announced following a meeting between the defense chiefs of the United States, South Korea, and Japan in Singapore earlier this month. The exercise aims to enhance the countries’ coordination and response in various operational areas including air, sea, and cyberspace.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group is set to participate in the exercise, which is expected to commence later this month. South Korea’s navy emphasized that the aircraft carrier’s presence demonstrates the strong defense alliance between the countries and their determination to counter North Korean threats.

This strategic move comes at a time when tensions in the region are high, with growing concerns about North Korea’s provocations. The exercise also serves as a display of strength against North Korea and is part of a broader strategy by the United States, South Korea, and Japan to deter and respond to threats in the region.

In addition to their joint military exercises, the United States and South Korea have been working to update their nuclear deterrence strategies, with Seoul seeking assurances that Washington would swiftly employ its nuclear capabilities to protect its ally in the event of a North Korean nuclear attack.

The presence of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in South Korea underscores the commitment of the allies to enhancing their defense capabilities and deterring potential threats in the region.

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