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>> A defiant North Korea escalating tension Sunday. Saying it's ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier engaged in exercises in the Western Pacific. The U.S.S. Carl Vinson carrier, joining two Japanese Navy ships sailing in the waters off the Korean peninsula. President Donald Trump ordering the show of force admits the North's increased nuclear and missile tests and threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.
The North's Ruling Workers Party newspaper calling the American aircraft carrier a gross animal and saying a strike would be quote an actual example to show our military's force. The commentary appearing on page three of the newspaper following a feature about leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a pig farm. North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, two of them last year and is working to develop nuclear tip missiles that can reach the United States.
It has also carried out a series of ballistic missile tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Adding to the strain, North Korea also detained a Korean American man in his 50s Friday, bringing the total number of U.S. citizens held by Pyongyang to three. Sources say that Tony Kim was in North Korea for a month teaching accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, he was arrested at the airport on his ways out of the country.