President Donald Trump is sending an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean Peninsula in response to provocations form North Korea, according to CNN.
After years of aggression and threats to destabilize the Pacific region, dictator Kim Jong Un has been defiant to recent U.S. sanctions.
Last week, President Trump was briefed by the National Security Council on possible military actions against the authoritarian state. Arming South Korea with nuclear missiles and assassinating Jong-un were both options on the table.
However, successful talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier in the week may lead to diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang.
U.S. Navy strike group to move toward Korean peninsula: U.S. official https://t.co/KwgFACquaS— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 8, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the decision, calling it a "strong commitment" from President Trump and the United States.