Pence: Misinformation about Carl Vinson's whereabouts not intentional

  • Pence: Misinformation about Carl Vinson's whereabouts not intentional

Pence: Misinformation about Carl Vinson's whereabouts not intentional

The Vinson strike group deployed from its San Diego homeport January 5.

Trump has signaled he will take a hard line in dealing with North Korea's defiance, and both sides have traded threats of pre-emptive military action.

On April 9, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, said the carrier strike group was headed north to the Western Pacific after departing Singapore the day before. "The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible, and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability".

U.S. President Donald Trump also said he's sending an "armada" to Korea.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Moscow, that the Vinson's deployment was routine and it had "no particular objective".

But on Saturday, a full week after the initial news release, the Navy posted a photograph showing the Carl Vinson transiting south through the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java - about 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula.

Trump has ordered the strike group to sail near the Korean peninsula as a show of force aimed at deterring North Korea from conducting more missiles tests.

The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is still several thousand miles south of North Korea despite reports last week that claimed it was heading to the volatile region.

It is now confirmed that the aircraft carrier's crew will spend at least an extra month at sea.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is on board an American aircraft carrier stationed in Japan amid heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.

The perceived communications mix-up discredits some of the tough rhetoric coming from the Trump administration.

Thus far, reports on Vinson's impending arrival in waters near South Korea have come from White House and other Washington officials.

The North Korean missile, which was sacked from the Sinpo area, exploded nearly immediately, according to military officials in South Korea and the US. "It's just not going to happen", Pinkston told VOA.

The United States increased its rhetoric ahead of North Korea's military parade and failed missile launch over the weekend, and Vice President Mike Pence yesterday declared that the era of USA "strategic patience" in dealing with Pyongyang was over.

On Wednesday, Pence said Trump was not intentionally misleading.

Ahead of a May 9 presidential election, debate heated up over a possible U.S. pre-emptive attack against the North, with leading candidates warning against any unilateral action. The Carl Vinson is accompanied by a destroyer ship with an Aegis combat system to track and intercept missiles.