The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group is being joined by two Japanese destroyers in the Western Pacific this week to commence joint training drills in a thinly veiled show of force intended to dissuade North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un from continuing to ignore international pleas to do away with his nuclear weapons program.  North Korea, showing no signs of letting up, issued yet another series of aggressive statements through their state-owned media outlets in response, this time threatening to sink the Carl Vinson itself.

“The world would clearly see how the US’ rash, arrogant aircraft carriers turn into a lump of scrap metal and gets buried at sea, and how the country vanishes from the Earth,” North Korean state-run website Uriminzokkiri said.

“Our super-hard-line responses include sudden, pre-emptive strikes involving land, naval, underwater and airmobile assets.”

Another state-run media outlet, North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper also stated clearly in an editorial that the North Korean military is prepared to illustrate their “military force” by destroying a “nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike.”