"We said that it was heading there, and it was heading there - it is heading there".
It is now - really - steaming northward and is expected to arrive in the Sea of Japan next week, USA officials said. It did not conduct a nuclear weapons test or attempt an attack on South Korea or Japan, which might have prompted a military crisis.
"We can not comment on details of USA operation of its assets", a military official said in Seoul, South Korea's capital.
Military officials said at the time the Vinson was canceling a previous itinerary and instead was going to head toward the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea's foreign ministry said the approach of the US Navy strike group showed Washington's "reckless moves for invading had reached a serious phase". So I think it serves multiple capabilities, " Spicer said, according to the White House. If not, we will solve the problem without them!
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on 11 April said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the peninsula.More news: NHL Playoffs: Alexander Radulov scores victor , Canadiens beat Rangers in overtime
Last week in an interview with Fox News, Trump said he was sending an "armada" to the Korean peninsula. "While all of us look forward to being connected with our friends and families, our nation requires us to be its flexible force".
An "armada" of U.S. warships President Donald Trump claimed he had deployed into waters near the Korean Peninsula was actually heading in the opposite direction, it was revealed today.
US President Donald Trump, right, said the US was sending "an armada, very powerful" toward the Korean Peninsula, but at the time the armada was still 4800km away. Following the April launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a three-sentence statement acknowledging the launch: "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea". Reporter: But the "Uss Carl Vinson" was not, in fact, steaming to the region.
It is expected to arrive in waters off the Korean Peninsula around April 25, the 85th anniversary of the North Korean Army, which could be another occasion for a provocation.
During a massive parade in the capital, however, North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles.
This would have gone unnoticed but for a picture of Carl Vinson posted online by the US Navy, sailing south through the Sunda Strait, which separates the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra.More news: Vettel 'forefront' of title chase, says Ferrari boss
The confusion was caused by miscommunications between the White House and the Defense Department, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Pyongyang propaganda outlet Uriminzokkiri issued a statement Thursday in a 3-minute video that derided worldwide sanctions against the country, South Korean news service News 1 reported.
The U.S. military's Pacific Command explained on Tuesday that the Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia.
He said the situation on the Korean Peninsula is already very complicated and sensitive and tense, and all relevant parties who do not wish to see an escalation of tension shall speak and act in a constructive way.
The reporter pointed out that while the aircraft carrier is headed there now, it wasn't headed there last week when the statements were put out.More news: Centurion: Ronaldo becomes 1st player to score 100 European goals
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