U.S. Aircraft Carrier Visits South Korea

4 weeks ago A nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier has arrived in South Korea for a three-way exercise involving Japan as they step up military training to cope with North Korean threats, which have escalated following a security pact with Russia. The arrival of the USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group in Busan on Saturday came a day after South Korea summoned the Russian ambassador to protest a major deal between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week. The agreement pledges mutual defense assistance in the event of war. South Korea says the deal poses a threat to its security.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a series of deals with his Vietnamese counterpart during a state visit that comes as Moscow bolsters ties in Asia to offset its growing international isolation over its military actions in Ukraine. Putin and President To Lam signed agreements to further cooperate in education, science and technology, oil and gas exploration and health. Following the talks, Putin said the two countries share an interest in “developing a reliable security architecture” in the Asia-Pacific Region based on peacefully settling disputes.