July 19th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

U.S. sends carrier to South Korea

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington

The United States is sending the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to South Korea this week in a display of "the strength of our alliance and our constant readiness to defend the Republic of Korea," the ship's commander said Monday.

The visit comes after months of heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula after the sinking of a South Korean warship in a torpedo attack in March. A multinational inquiry found North Korea responsible for the attack on the corvette Cheonan, in which 46 South Korean sailors were killed. North Korea has denied any connection with the attack and said it is the victim of an international conspiracy.

Earlier this month, the United Nations formally denounced the sinking of the Cheonan, but did not specifically mention North Korea.

In anticipation of the U.S. announcement, Pyongyang at the weekend said the presence of the carrier would be a "reckless provocation," according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It said the U.S. and South Korea were trying to save face after suffering a "diplomatic defeat" in the United Nations.

Two U.S. destroyers will also join the George Washington for its call in the port of Busan. A third destroyer will visit Chinhae, U.S. Forces Korea said. The four-day port call begins Wednesday.

"The U.S. Navy maintains a robust forward presence in the Asia-Pacific region and the people of the Republic of Korea are our good friends and allies," George Washington commanding officer Capt. David Lausman said in a statement Monday.

The 97,000-ton George Washington, based in Yokosuka, Japan, is the only U.S. carrier whose home port is outside the United States.

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  1. ramrod

    iluvlies is right, lets bomb the hell out of them with buckets of kfc,kill the last man standing.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cincy Sensei

    I love it!...not war, I would not wish that on anyone. But N. Korea's bullying, just as Iraq was doing prior to war, will not be tolerated.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boomhauer

      Iraq's bullying...is that why Iraq was invaded??? lol

      July 19, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SOULWARRIOR

    Wow, the Mighty Superman USA stands up again to keep peace in the world... and then it just pollutes the countries with its junk that even Americans do not buy, and exploits its workers promising the "Apple in the Sky."

    July 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SOULWARRIOR

    Go get life, US Cheese.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Go get Engrish lesson

      July 19, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Airliftrr

    Show of force. Tactically useless. In fact, a carrier group in port at Busan could be considered a liability and more vulnerable than at sea. Probably for the consumption by the US Public as it is so obvious. Sounds like something SoS would come up with prior to attempting to negociate further with NK. My question is, what concessions could be possible demanded from the NK that we have any possibility of enforcing? Is this a prelude to an internal coup against KIS since he is physically weak and his youngest son is not empowered yet. Now, if we knew what the Seawolf class were up to, we might have a much better picture.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amber

    My brother is stationed with the Army at the DMZ which protects the border of South Korea. This action worries me. I love you Brandon. Be safe.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SOULWARRIOR

    I find it quite amusing to read how some "americans" criticize others telling them to "study" and "learn" something when they themselves (graduating from american schools) have a little knowledge of other cultures or even geography. Do they even know the history of their own country? How many Indians were slaughtered... that is just a minor example. After the year 2012 the world will know more.

    July 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      How about you explain how any of that has to do with the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Otherwise, keep your nutty conspiracy theories under your tinfoil hat and stop spewing your garbage all over the internet.

      July 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JIm

      Why wait until 2012? With geniuses such as yourself teaching us about the 2012 conspiracy that the Bush administration cooked up, we will learn in six months. Stop selling yourself short and spread your enlightening drivel -er, doctrine- to the entire planet!

      July 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Do we know the history of our own country? Do you know that the history of MAN is written in blood as unfortunate as that is. What country are you from? If you want to point fingers at causes of violence then your first target should be religion.

      July 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jake

    Smith in Oregon
    Hilarious response! Seriously caught me off guard, nice work.

    July 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    I notice N. Korea didn't threaten "war" if we moved this carrier, like they always do when S. Korea expresses anger at them. Just like I thought, N. Korea is a paper tiger.

    July 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Enrique from Miramar, FL

    Walk softly, but carry a big stick!
    Praise the Lord and pass tha ammunition....

    July 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Want to get a spine tingle? Google North Korea and "cake in the sky." Then read the book "The Charm School" (an old Cold War thriller). You'll see what I'm talking about if you do so.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Asia

    Can the US not just stay at their own shore and leave the rest of the world at peace??? Imagine a world without the US, it would be much safer than what it is now.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      We are bound by international treaty to aid S. Korea. They annul that treaty and release us from our promise and I'll see what I can do, you d-bag

      July 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Z

      Safer than what. Go back in history before the U.S. existed and see how many wars were fought, how many civilians were murdered.

      July 19, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • norte

      Your right Asia, US is the one who always create war and crime...

      July 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      it was europe that started the last two world wars. spread the wealth bro.

      July 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Sorry we did that twice being a Nation that went an let the world do what it wanted to each other and all it got us was World War 1 and 2. We have been criticized by most of the world for not doing enough for places like Darfur, Solmalia, Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge rule or any other third would country where people are being killed or oppressed by rulers or thugs. When is the last time you know of the US going after a country that has an elected government that does not suppress or enslave the people of that country. Give me an example and I will shut up! If not please refer to the famous line from Robert De Niro that starts out I"I got four word for you Shut the F... Up"

      July 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @Asia I agree 100%!!!

      July 19, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. America

    Yes Asia, it would be a lot safer because you would be in a concentration camp speaking german.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Godfather

      You are no less than Germans, Mr.America! What they did to Jews you did to Red Indians. Now who's bad?

      July 19, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jgood

      I think you need to go study up the Holocaust, and you will find that the indian sufferings were pailed to the gas chambers of Germany. American wanted land, greedy as it was, and killed inocients to get it I will admit that. America has a dark side that is hard to forget nothing denying, but never tried to mechonize mass murder.

      6,000,000 Jews were systematicly striped of human rights, defained, and finally obliterated (not all the Jews but the 6 million i am talking about for all you nit picky folks out there) just for the fact that they were Jews. Plus WW2 took place in a time where most of the population was educated. The Wild Wild west wasnt freindly to education, especially since a knowledge of math didnt stop a 9mm bullet blowing your head off. What happened in Germany by far eclipsed the unfortunate demise of the Indians. Indians were shot because they wouldnt give up their land. Jews were shot just because they were Jews. Do the math and you will see which is more crule in nature.

      August 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott Lay

    You guy's are scaring the hit out of mes!

    July 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scott Lay

    No, we can't just sit back and watch people being condmmed.

    July 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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