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North Korea warns it could sink U.S. warship

By Brooks Hays
North Korea warns it could sink U.S. warship
In an op-ed published Sunday in a state-sponsored newspaper, North Korea said it could sink U.S. supercarrier Carl Vinson, which is currently taking part in military exercises in the Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy Yonhap News Agency

April 23 (UPI) -- North Korea offered the United States and its supercarrier, the USS Carl Vinson, a thinly veiled threat in an op-ed published in state-sponsored newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," editorialists wrote in the paper, a mouthpiece for North Korea's ruling Workers' Party.

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On Sunday, the USS Carl Vinson began military drills in the Philippine Sea with a pair of Japanese destroyers.

Last week, the Pentagon announced the U.S. warship would be deployed in the region for at least another 30 days "to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula."

North Korea warned Australia it could strike the continent with nuclear weapons if Australia remained an ally of the United States.

Also on Sunday, several news outlets reported a Korean-American had been arrested in Pyongyang International Airport.

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