US deploys second destroyer closer to North Korea coast
USS John McCain
The United States says it has deployed a second guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions mount with North Korea. On Monday, US defense officials said that the USS John McCain was being positioned to operate off the Korean Peninsula. On Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman George Little said the McCain had arrived at a "pre-determined location" in the western Pacific. Little also said that the USS Decatur, another destroyer, had also been deployed in the western Pacific "to perform a missile defense mission as assigned by our combatant commander."