North Korea has threatened to sink an American aircraft carrier heading towards the peninsula as part of joint military exercises with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea.

The USS Carl Vinson was the target of North Korea’s hypothetical attack, CNN reports, with state-run media in the country boasting about its military might and capabilities.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper published an editorial warning Kim Jong-un is ready to use its ‘military force’ that is able to sink a ‘nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike’.

The outlet went on to claim North Korea’s military has the ability to ‘reach continental US and Asia Pacific region’, and that the country is in possession of a hydrogen bomb – described as the ‘absolute weapon’.

The warning came as a pair of Japanese destroyers joined the Vinson and two other US warships as they continued their journey north in the western Pacific Ocean, the Navy said in a statement.

The US vessel had canceled a scheduled visit to Australia to divert toward North Korea in a show of force, though it still conducted a curtailed training exercise with Australia before doing so.

Tensions are elevated on the Korean Peninsula, with the Trump administration saying that all options are on the table, and indications Kim Jong-un may be preparing to test a nuclear weapon or long-range missile.

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