American submarine carrying nuclear missiles will reach the island of Guam – Dependency of the United States in the Pacific, for the first time since the ’80s. However, against the backdrop of growing tensions around North Korea recently, to the continued nuclear and missile tests it conducts, as well as tensions with China because of its actions and the South China Sea territorial claims to islands in the area, their objects to the United States.
Submarine “Pennsylvania” carrying 24 ballistic missiles, and missile contains several warheads, capable of striking several targets simultaneously. “You have reached the submarine to Guam illustrates the commitment of the United States and its allies in Asia and the Pacific,” the army said in a statement. “The move joins training, operations, and extensive cooperation between the state and its allies in the region.” Defense Ministry official told CNN the US that military delegations from Japan and South Korea will come to the island and a rare visit to the submarine.
At the same time the US military will conduct a huge military exercise this month with Japan, with the participation of 11 thousand American soldiers and 26 thousand Japanese soldiers. Japan is one of the countries that are under the threat of ballistic missiles of North Korea, and manages a long dispute with China concerning the chain of islands located near the eastern shore of the communist state.
The exercise has been conducted annually since 1986, but this is the first time land forces infiltration by sea. The exercise will be held in Japan, the Japanese island of Okinawa, Guam and two other islands. “The exercise will include air and sea activity and combine the practice of air defense, to ‘keep up’ of the threat of ballistic missiles in the region,” the US military statement said.
China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, through which the commodity passes totaling five trillion dollars annually. Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan have their own claims in the area. US urges China and other countries not to establish military bases in the region. China for its part is attacking Washington that it holds tours and exercises that increase tensions in the region.