The US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which returned from a joint exercise with our military last week, hastily turned around today (5th) and returned to the East Sea.

When North Korea launched a provocation yesterday by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the Pacific Ocean, the United States also responded.

Tomorrow, South Korea, the United States, and Japan will conduct joint exercises for the first time in history for two weeks in a row in the East Sea.

Today's first news, reporter Kim Tae-hoon, will tell you.

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Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Team conducted a joint drill of anti-submarine warfare between South Korea and the US and Japan in the East Sea last week.

North Korea fired five short-range missiles three times while the U.S. Navy carrier conducted a joint exercise in the East Sea with the Busan base calling for the first time in five years.

As North Korea increased the intensity of provocation yesterday by firing a medium-range ballistic missile through Japan, the Reagan Carrier Strike Team, which went to the Japanese side of the sea after training, hastily turned its bow to the East Sea.

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The carrier strike group entered the East Sea this afternoon.

It is known that some of about 90 aircraft such as Super Hornet fighters, Hawkeye early warning devices, and Growler electronic electric aircraft are flying alternately and demonstrating force.

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the unprecedented emergency re-operation was decided after consultations between the defense ministers of the two countries yesterday in accordance with the ROK-U.S. agreement to expand strategic assets.

[Kim Jun-rak/Director of Joint Chiefs of Staff: (Re-introduction of the Reagan carrier) shows the resolute will of the ROK-U.S. alliance to resolutely respond to any provocations and threats from North Korea.]

Tomorrow, our Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships will return to the Reagan Carrier Strike Team. Join.

This is the first time that Korea, US and Japan will be conducting joint exercises in the East Sea for two weeks in a row.

The training will be conducted in such a way that the South Korean, US, and Japanese ships will master the procedures for detecting, tracking and intercepting the North Korean missile launches.

A key official of the Ministry of National Defense gave meaning to it as "a physical message that security cooperation between South Korea, the US and Japan will be strengthened if North Korea provokes."

(Video coverage: Han Il-sang, video editing: Jeon Min-gyu)