19 April, 2017
The local official said Washington was sending the Vinson strike group to South Korean waters because it deemed there was a high possibility the North will raise tension by a nuclear or missile provocation.
The U.S. Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is steaming for waters off the Korean Peninsula, while joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises are set to continue in South Korea until the end of April.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing defense officials, that communication misfires fanned the incorrect statements that the warships were heading toward North Korea. The Times reports defense officials "described a glitch-ridden sequence of events" that led to the reports.
The Navy announced on April 9 that its Carl Vinson Strike Group was heading towards the Sea of Japan, a move the White House later cast as a deterrent against North Korea's aggression.
Defense News first reported the story earlier Tuesday.
The reports come after military forces in South Korea and the U.S. announced on Sunday that they had recorded a failed test launch of a ballistic missile from Pyongyang.
President Donald Trump the next day said: "We are sending an armada".
The U.S. ships have the ability to shoot down incoming missiles and launch cruise missiles of their own.
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According to Russian news agency Pravda and other Russian outlets, North Korea is scheduled to conduct a missile test on April 25, the same day the Vinson is slated to arrive in the Sea of Japan.
The White House would not comment on the gaffe, referring questions to the Pentagon. However, it was all a misunderstanding as neither the USS Carl Vinson nor any strike group was headed there yet.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson previously said that the United Kingdom stood alongside the US.
The fact is, "political and diplomatic efforts" to convince North Korea to halt its aggressive and provocative nuclear and ICBM programs have been tried for the last 20 years and failed. "It ensures our - we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region", Spicer said.
But the group was actually father away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean.
But turns out it was all false- the strike group wasn't en route to North Korea last week after all.
That actually wasn't the case - despite implications from the Trump administration, the USA didn't have an aircraft carrier strike group near North Korea last weekend.
As the situation simmered, North Korea literally rolled out what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of striking the USA mainland during an enormous military parade in Pyongyang.