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U.S. carrier close enough to N. Korea for military action: admiral

The U.S. aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is in waters close enough
to take military action on North Korea if ordered to do so, Adm.
Harry Harris, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said Wednesday.

The carrier, which is currently in waters off the eastern coast
of Okinawa, is expected to sail into the Sea of Japan soon as part of
efforts to deter North Korea from conducting a nuclear test or an
intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

Harris also told Congress that an advanced missile defense
system being established in South Korea should be operational in the
coming days.

The U.S. military on Wednesday began installing the system,
known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, at its planned
deployment site in South Korea.

South Korea agreed with the United States last July to initially
install one THAAD battery by the end of this year to better cope with
North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. (April 26)

File photo taken in March 2017 shows the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier arriving at the port of Busan, South Korea. The South Korean Defense Ministry said on April 24, 2017, talks are under way on holding a joint drill between South Korea's navy and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, amid rising tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.