FILE PHOTO: The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan arrives for a regularly scheduled port visit while conducting routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific in Busan, South Korea, April 24, 2017. Jermaine Ralliford/Courtesy U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS
Reuters: Trump tells Duterte of two U.S. nuclear subs in Korean waters: NYT
U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.
Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible because of its nuclear and missile programs and that all options are on the table but that he wants to resolve the crisis diplomatically.
North Korea has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.
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WNU Editor: The New York Times article is here .... Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript (NYT). The key paragraph is the following ....
.... “We have a lot of firepower over there,” Mr. Trump noted. “We have two submarines — the best in the world. We have two nuclear submarines, not that we want to use them at all.”
We know that the USS Michigan is there .... US Nuclear Sub Makes Port Call In Busan, South Korea (Update) (April 25, 2017). As for the second sub .... who knows.