The U.S. is moving a Navy strike group, including a fighter aircraft carrier, to the Korean peninsula as tensions mount between the United States, Syria, Russia and North Korea, a military official has confirmed.
The move comes just two days after president Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on a Syrian air base and less than one week after North Korea launched another test missile amid vows to strike the United States.
“We feel the increased presence is necessary,” the official said, citing North Korea’s recent hostile behavior.
In a statement made just moments ago, the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet said the strike group had been ordered to sail north, but did not specify an exact destination.
On Friday, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Florida, where Trump urged the Chinese leader to calm his North Korean ally.
Trump spoke with South Korea’s acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday, although it is not yet known whether the intelligence obtained during that conversation led to the decision to launch the strike group.