Three US carriers lead naval drill aimed at North Korea

President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae In at a news conference in Seoul.  AP

Donald Trump's presence in Asia appears not to have calmed tensions in the Korean peninsula, where South Korea has launched joint military drills with the US; in turn, Pyongyang has called the US President a "destroyer" who has "begged for a nuclear war".

He has already visited Japan, South Korea and China.

Three U.S. aircraft carriers joined an ongoing exercise with the South Korean Navy in the East Sea on Sunday in an unprecedented show of force against a provocative North Korea.

Trump continued his tough talk against Pyongyang on Friday in a speech to business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, saying that the region's future 'must not be held hostage to a dictator's twisted fantasies of violent conquest and nuclear blackmail, ' referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The exercises will also involve 11 U.S. Aegis ships and seven South Korean naval vessels, including two Aegis ships.

It marks the first time that three US aircraft carriers have joined together at close range for a joint exercise with South Korea, officials said.

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Trump said in a speech at South Korea's parliament Wednesday, "Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets".

Tran said his country placed great importance on its strategic partnership with South Korea and that the had the highest priority in Vietnam's foreign policies, according to the Cheong Wa Dae official.

"It is a rare opportunity to train with two aircraft carriers together, and even rarer to be able to train with three", said U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Scott Swift, in the statement.

Trump's lengthy trip centered on trade and the North Korean missile and nuclear crisis.

In recent months, North Korea has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles that could reach the US mainland with further development and has conducted its most powerful nuclear test. Kim has threatened to hit Guam, an incorporated U.S. pacific territory.

The exercises come after the US and South Korea in their recent annual meeting on defensive policy agreed to expand the rotational deployment of strategic American military assets such as aircraft carriers, submarines and bombers to the peninsula.

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