International: Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 13:15

Japan is getting ready to send several destroyers from Japan’s maritime self-defence forces to join the US aircraft carrier, Carl Vinson.

The US warship is heading to the Korean peninsula, trying to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests while China tries to stop them from continuing.

This comes as the Chinese president, Xi JingPing, had a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, trying for de-escalation and a more “peaceful” approach toward North Korea.

JingPing said they are committed to safeguarding peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and will be advocates in resolving problems peacefully.

On April 11th Donald Trump tweeted, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.”

On Tuesday North Korea spoke up about the provocations by the US, days after the Carl Vinson began its journey to the Korean peninsula, saying, “We will hold the US wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions.” Another spokesman also said, “[North Korea] is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the US.”

This move has many worried about the possible start of World War 3 as the USA continues their journey to North Korea.