The US navy released this photo on June 1, 2017 showing the Carl Vinson strike group off the Korean Peninsula.
Meanwhile, Japanese Air Self-Defense Force F-15s are taking part in simulated combat with US Navy F-18 fighters at the same time, according to the Japanese military.
By linking several of the engines used in this missile, North Korea could even strike the continental U.S. Washington has drawn the red line at Pyongyang's possession of an intercontinental ballistic missile, but that reality is only one short step away.
Pyongyang's Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said in a statement on Friday the United States "does not see reality properly, and if it continues to pursue military confrontation without success, we will hand them a big "bag of gifts".
Responding to the launch, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Tokyo would take "specific action" and join forces with the United States to deter North Korea.
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take joint action with the USA against North Korea, following Monday's missile test.
The US has led efforts to impose further sanctions on North Korea and has urged China - Pyongyang's main sponsor - to play a greater role in applying pressure on Kim Jong Un.
Instead, Helvey said that despite the fact that such joint exercises had not been carried out in two decades, this week's operations were simply routine and designed only to increase the military readiness of both countries.
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The US military has also deployed the controversial THAAD missile system to a site in South Korea to counter what it calls threats from the North. If accurate, that yield would mean that North Korea is now in possession of a nuclear weapon twice as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945.
Meanwhile, the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz is also headed to the Western Pacific, though Navy officials say it is unlikely that three carriers will remain in the region for long.