Trump armada was 3500 miles from North Korea

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

Media outlets across the country reported the USS Carl Vinson strike group was on its way to the Korean Peninsula last week. We learn tonight that in fact at the time those ships were headed in the other direction.

The Navy posted an official photograph dated April 15 that showed the Carl Vinson in an Indonesian strait thousands of miles south of North Korea. His answer made it sound like the carrier group was indeed racing to the region. "It is happening, rather", Spicer said Wednesday as he tried to clarify the issue.

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"PACOM [United States Pacific Command] put out a release talking about what it's ultimate destination was going to be and that's where it ended up", Spicer said.

The confusion began on 9 April when the US Navy said the Carl Vinson strike group was travelling from Singapore to the Western Pacific.

Senior Trump administration officials blamed a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House for earlier incorrect reports that the USS Vinson was already on its way to the Korean peninsula. It also followed the country's administration criticising a USA attack on a Syrian air base, saying it was an "intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state". That is, we were shifting her.

"We generally don't give out ship schedules in advance but I did not want to play a game either and say we were not changing the schedule when in fact we have", he said.

"Those who would challenge our resolve or readiness should know we will defeat any attack and meet any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming and effective American response".

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The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson was to make the U.S.' military might felt to deter North Korea from any rash provocations during birthday celebrations of regime founder Kim Il-sung. And the president said this - We are sending an armada, very powerful.

"Our mission is to reassure allies and our partners of our steadfast commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region", Kilby wrote. The forward deployment is deterrence, presence.

Aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is now in the Indian Ocean whereas Washington had said it was on its way to the Korean peninsula.

The US also accused North Korea of trying to "provoke something", with US Defence Secretary James Mattis calling the test a reckless move on Tuesday.

Pyongyang test-fired missiles during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the U.S.in March, and again on April 4 ahead of a visit to the U.S.by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"Despite what the White House, and the National Security Advisor, and the Defense Secretary all said, the USS Carl Vinson was not steaming toward North Korea".

He urged all parties to avoid "adding fuel to the fire".

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