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North Korea: Trump intensifying pressure because of political crisis at home

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Elizabeth Shim
The USS Ronald Reagan, shown here in Japan in April, File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
The USS Ronald Reagan, shown here in Japan in April, File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 17 (UPI) -- North Korea denounced the United States on Tuesday and claimed the U.S. military is deploying strategic assets to the peninsula because it is "being pushed into a corner" and deploying last-resort methods against a nuclear North.

Pyongyang's state-controlled KCNA said Tuesday the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan and the supersonic B1-B bomber were being sent near its shores in response to North Korea's "rapid development of nuclear weapons."

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"Extensive strategic assets are gathering in waters surrounding of South Korea. This is a sign the United States, pushed into a corner, owing to our rapid nuclear power escalation, is engaging in combative actions."

"Trump's evil intention is to evade his own crisis of governance, both inside and outside [the United States], while at the same time intensifying tensions in order for concerned countries to place sanctions pressure on North Korea," KCNA stated.

"The efforts of North Korea will not stop for a moment," the news agency added.

North Korea's denunciation of the United States comes at a time when the United States is promoting U.S. fighter jets in South Korea, Asia Business reported.

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Pilots flew aircraft, including F-22 Raptors and the F-35A, south of Seoul on Tuesday, in a possible warning to the North, according to the report.

The USS Reagan was to take part in exercises with the South Korea Navy.

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