November 24, 2010

米、韓国の黄海に原子力空母ジョージ・ワシントン派遣:USS George Washington Departs For South Korea

A day after North Korea's attack on South Korean island, the nuclear-powered USS George Washington, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left US navy base in Yokosuka.  Obama sent it after speaking by phone with South Korean President Lee Myung Bak (Forbes). It's headed to the Yellow Sea for four-day (Sunday through Dec. 1) military exercises with South Korean forces.

"This exercise is defensive in nature," U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement. "While planned well before yesterday's unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates the strength of the ROK (South Korea)-U.S. alliance and our commitment to regional stability through deterrence." - Reuters

Col. Dave Lapan of the Pentagon told CNN Wednesday the exercise will be a show of force, meant to discourage any future attacks; "This exercise is directed at being a deterrent for the North Koreans."  The ship's motto is "The Spirit of Freedom." (AOL).

Below, the host of French 24hr international news channel France24 questions why China is so supportive of North Korea. Related: China Won’t Help U.S. On North Korea, And Here’s Why - Gady Epstein - Beijing Dispatch - Forbes


「この演習は防衛目的のものだ」と在韓米軍は声明で明らかにした。「昨日の正当な理由のない砲撃のずっと前から計画されていたものだが、これで米韓同盟の強さと、戦争抑止力強化を通して地域の安定を確保する任務に対する我々のコミットメントの強さを示す」 - Reuters





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