US aircraft carrier Nimitz arrives in South Korea for drills; South Korea rules out its participation in the US-led missile defense system
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  • According to reports, a US naval strike group led by aircraft carrier USS Nimitz arrived at South Korea for drills on May 11. The 97,000 ton Nimitz, one of the largest warships in the world, reportedly has a strike group that includes 64 aircraft as well as cruisers and destroyers. During the drills, the Nimitz is to participate in the search and rescue operations and “sea maneuvering” around the Korean Peninsula. 1

    In another development, according to reports, on May 9, the South Korean Defense Ministry ruled out the country’s participation in the US-led missile defense system. In fact, it stated that the South would like to develop its own programme to counter North Korean missile threats. The ministry further stated that while the South Korean military has already been cooperating with US forces on missile defense, such cooperation, so far, it has been restricted to intelligence sharing only. 2