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US Navy strike group leaves North Korea peninsula

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The US naval strike group, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, has ended its mission near the Korean Peninsula.

The strike group, described by Donald Trump as his “armada”, is said to have left the peninsula on Wednesday night as planned.

The USS Carl Vinson had been conducting military drills with South Korea’s Navy after tensions with North Korea almost hit crisis point.

The strike group arrived in East Sea in late April as a warning to Kim Jong-un over his repeated war provocations.

Initially no end date had been set for the military drills, which was part of the US's reassurance of its “ironclad security commitment" to South Korea and Japan.

The group’s departure comes as aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, based in Japan, resumed its full operation after months of maintenance.

The US Missile Defence Agency had confirmed it has successfully test fired an interceptor missile which geared towards taking out possible intercontinental ballistic missiles from North Korea.

It follows a missile launch by the secretive state, personally supervised by Kim Jong-un.

The dictator threatened to send a bigger “gift package” to the Yankees – which may have been used as a derogative reference to Americans or the New York baseball team.

It is understood the rogue state has started development of anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM), also known as a “carrier killers”.

The Vinson had been covering for the Reagan aircraft carrier and ensured that the US Navy had a strong presence near the East Sea and Korean Peninsula.

It remains unconfirmed where or when USS Reagan will enter the East Sea.

US Naval Forces Korea have not commented on the USS Reagan's planned activity.

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