In an immediate response to the launch, four U.S. and four South Korean fighter jets dropped bombs on an uninhabited island in the Yellow Sea, while U.S. and Japanese warplanes also flew together over the Sea of Japan.

But in an embarrassing incident early Wednesday, a South Korean ballistic missile malfunctioned and exploded during a live-fire drill with the U.S. that was designed as retaliation for North Koreas launch.

U.S. officials confirmed the aircraft carrier move to POLITICO after South Koreas Joint Chiefs of Staff reportedly announced the move.


The re-dispatch of the carrier strike group to the Korean Peninsula is highly unusual and shows the resolute will of the South Korea-US alliance to strengthen the alliances readiness posture against North Koreas consecutive provocations and to respond decisively to any kind of provocation and threat from North Korea, the JCS said.

The Reagan is based in Japan and frequently spends its deployments hitting different parts of the Western Pacific. Before returning to the Sea of Japan, the ship was operating east of northern Japan, according to the U.S. Naval Institutes fleet tracker.

The U.S. condemned Pyongyangs missile launch on Tuesday. National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson called it a dangerous and reckless decision.

This action is destabilizing and shows the DPRKs blatant disregard for United Nations Security Council resolutions and international safety norms, she said.

On Tuesday morning, President Joe Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to reinforce Americas ironclad commitment to Japans defense, the White House said. Later in the day, national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts as well, according to Watson.