Trump's missing 'armada' finally heading to Korea - and may stay awhile
Alexandra Douglas | April 20, 2017, 6:29
A United States aircraft carrier and other warships, which President Donald Trump armada-finally-heading-to-korea--and-may-stay-a-while/2017/04/19/734ac5e7-ad0c-4395-9cfe-43a9596dca7b_story.html?utm_term=.ba3048e8514f">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.
"[It] perpetuated the false narrative that an American armada was racing towards the waters off North Korea", the Times said.
In an interview aired April 12, President Donald Trump said: "We are sending an armada, very powerful".
Just 10 days ago, when news broke that the Trump administration was sending the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula, many South Koreans feared a possible war with North Korea.
AMERICA'S allies in Asia were silent yesterday over confusion about a USA aircraft carrier group supposed to be heading toward North Korea in a show of force, but actually completing training exercises in Australia.
Spicer said the USS Carl Vinson's "ultimate destination" was the Korean Peninsula and that "that's where it ended up".
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Another reporter warned that U.S. allies like South Korea and Japan could interpret the mix-up as "false encouragement" that the USA was responding to provocations from North Korea.
The strike group has been conducting drills with the Australian navy in recent days, the official said, though it scrapped a planned port visit in Australia as a result of the new orders. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet.
Instead, on Saturday, the strike group was about 3,500 miles away from Korea, passing through the Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java, according to Defense News.
Tensions with North Korea have recently escalated, as the rogue Asian nation has continued to test ballistic missiles and is believed to be the stages of another nuclear test.
He underlined the situation in the Korean peninsula is highly sensitive, and therefore all involved countries should avoid aggravating the situation.
"I think when you see a carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly, through nearly every instance, a huge deterrence".
"Obviously, it's an intimidatory tactic adopted by the Trump administration to push Kim Jong-un to yield to Washington's carrier threats", Li said.