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Carrier strike group wasn't headed toward N. Korea, despite Trump's saber-rattling

Carrier strike group wasn't headed toward N. Korea, despite Trump's saber-rattling

The US military's Pacific Command has now explained that it had to complete the training with Australia, and that the strike group was now "proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered" and should arrive near the Korean Peninsula early next week.

"After departing Singapore on April 8 and canceling a scheduled port visit to Perth, the Strike Group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in global waters off the northwest coast of Australia", a U.S. Pacific Command spokesperson told the Post in a statement.

USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was even farther away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda Strait and then into the Indian Ocean, as North Korea displayed new missiles and staged a failed missile test, CNN reported.

The perceived communications mix-up has raised eyebrows among Korea experts, who wonder whether it erodes the Trump administration's credibility at a time when United States rhetoric about the North's advancing nuclear and missile capabilities are raising concerns about a potential conflict.

Spicer denied that the White House's statements about the ship movements were misleading, because the ships were eventually going to the peninsula.

Separately, Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, a commander of Carrier Strike Group 1, announced on April 19 that the deployment of the carrier group had been extended by a month "to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula".

During an appearance on Fox News last week, President Donald Trump said he was sending an "armada" to deter the regime of North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"We are sending an armada".

It was revealed this week that the so-called armada, known as the USS Carl Vinson, is only now moving towards the Korean Peninsula. "We said that it was heading there, and it was heading there - it is heading there", Spicer said. That's a fact. It happened.

"We have an armada going toward the peninsula". They are now headed directly toward the peninsula.

"A carrier group is several things". So I think it serves multiple capabilities. "It is happening, rather", Spicer said, while referring further questions to the Pentagon.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters Wednesday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that the aircraft carrier's schedule was changed. Navy officials announced April 9 that the Vinson was canceling planned port calls in Australia to return to the Western Pacific, ahead of what some believed might be a North Korean nuclear missile test in honor of the rogue nation's April 15 "Day of the Sun" national holiday.


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