US Didn't Have Its Aircraft Carrier Anywhere Near North Korea

Cheryl Sanders
April 22, 2017

But soon after the Pacific Command statement, U.S. military officials said the strike group would first complete a previously scheduled military exercise in the Indian Ocean with the Australian navy.

And then on April 12th, President Donald Trump told Fox Business News that the Navy had sent to Korea "an armada, very powerful". "Very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you", Trump had said. "The US is coordinating with the South Korean government about a combined drill which the Carl Vinson Strike Group can join", a South Korean official said. "The patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out, and we want to see change", he said.

The U.S. Navy's Flickr account is not usually a source of headline news, but it drew considerable attention on Tuesday after a new photo of the carrier Carl Vinson appeared to contradict widespread reports of her impending arrival off North Korea.

"White House officials said Tuesday that they had been relying on guidance from the Defense Department".

A United States aircraft carrier and other warships, which President Donald Trump said were sent to the Korean Peninsula last week as a warning, did not sail towards North Korea - but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged.

The USS Carl Vinson will arrive near the Korean Peninsula next week.

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It was widely assumed that the carrier group was patrolling somewhere within range last weekend, when USA officials feared Kim Jong Un's military would conduct a sixth underground nuclear test, or try to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time. The expected arrival of the ships flashed across front pages in East Asia, where many were concerned of a preemptive USA military strike on North Korea, the New York Times reported.

Following the announcement, President Donald Trump and his aides highlighted the deployment as part of the administration's response to Pyongyang's recent missile tests. The Times reports defense officials "described a glitch-ridden sequence of events" that led to the reports. He added that North Korea remains the "number one threat in the region" amid "its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability".

While the Pentagon sought to downplay those reports late last week, at no point did it or the White House suggest the Carl Vinson was not, in fact, nearing the Korean peninsula to give Trump a more robust military option should he decide he needs one.

Adversaries, meanwhile, will come to wonder if the Trump administration's messaging on any matter can be taken seriously if the president of the United States himself can be goaded into manufacturing a carrier strike group's trajectory by a leading question in an interview.

However, the Vinson and its battle group were now headed to the Sea of Japan - really, Pentagon officials said.

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