Carrier was 3000 NM Away During North Korea Tensions

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Later Tuesday, a representative for Pacific Command told NBC News that the ships cancelled port visits, as had been previously announced, but was also "able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in global waters off the northwest coast of Australia".

"The president said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula".

On April 11, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked whether the point of moving the ships was to send a message to North Korea.

The USS Carl Vinson supercarrier and its naval strike group were said to be heading towards North Korea on 8 April after the country conducted a series of missile tests.

A U.S. Navy strike group headed by a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that was reportedly headed for waters near the Korean Peninsula apparently never arrived.

A picture from the U.S. Navy showed the strike carrier group sailing between Sumatra and Java in Indonesia on Saturday.

Senior Australian defence sources said the United States carrier group was now gradually making its way closer to North Korea. They are now headed directly toward the peninsula.

The media quoted the Japanese Defense Ministry sources as saying the destroyers are likely to take part in a joint drill with the USA aircraft carrier Carl Vinson strike group.

Trump has signaled he will take a hard line in dealing with North Korea's defiance, and both sides have traded threats of pre-emptive military action.

"If you are going to threaten the North Koreans, you better make sure your threat is credible", Wit said.

Officials announced the deployment about two weeks ago, with President Trump hyping the deployment of the "armada" to North Korea, suggesting that the deployment was a major show of force, and fueling global concern that the U.S. is about to attack.

Pressed by reporters as to why the White House did not clarify the conflicting information, Spicer said that his statements were not false. "Very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier".

Secretary tillerson said Iran is complying with the letter of the nuclear agreement that was signed by president Obama but he had harsh words for Iran support of terrorism in the Middle East and suggest that Iran is going down the same path as north Korea. "That's a fact", Spicer said.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster called the decision to send the ships toward North Korea "prudent".

"The government told us, 'If the U.S. dares to choose a military option. the DPRK is willing and ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.,'" CNN reporter Will Ripley said April 12.

Tensions between North Korea and the USA rose ahead of the isolated nation's annual celebration of its founding, when it was expected to test its nuclear program.

15 April: North Korea puts on a huge military parade - complete with missiles - to mark 105th birthday of the nation's founding president, Kim Il-sung.

A fleet of warships President Donald Trump claimed he had deployed into waters near the Korean Peninsula were in fact heading in the opposite direction.

Other reports by VgToday

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