July 17, 2006

US aircraft carrier in S.Korea amid missile crisis

PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - A U.S. aircraft carrier
group arrived in South Korea on Tuesday amid heightened
regional tension brought about by North Korea's test-launch of
missiles two weeks ago.

The group led by the nuclear-powered carrier USS
Enterprise, and including a guided missile cruiser, attack
submarine and other ships, arrived for a previously planned
port call at the southeastern city of Pusan, the U.S. Navy said
in a statement.

"The Norfolk, Virginia-based carrier's deployment to the
Western Pacific was planned months in advance and is not in
response to any current or recent events," the statement said.

U.S. military officials would not say how long the naval
strike group would be in Pusan, but local media said it would
stay for four days.

North Korea defied international warnings and test-fired
seven missiles on July 5, including the long-range Taepodong-2
which some experts say could possibly hit parts of the United