Carrier strike group wasn't headed to Korean Peninsula, despite Trump's saber-rattling

The idea that the Vinson was headed immediately to the Korean Peninsula had both reassured South Korea and Japan, which were wary of potential North Korean provocations, and increased concern that Trump could respond to those actions with military force.

"How is this White House explaining to South Korea and Japan there was no U.S.S. Carl Vinson?" she asked.

"The president said we have an armada that's going toward the peninsula", Mr Spicer told reporters.

Trump said in an interview with Fox News on April 9 that he dispatched the supercarrier the day prior to sending a powerful message to North Korea.

"If the U.S. is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method", Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC on Monday.

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Maduro's forces have previously barred protesters from the government stronghold with rubber pellets and armored vehicles. Foreign governments are also warning about the increasingly bellicose rhetoric and repressive stance of the government.

By the time the misunderstanding was realised, the genie was out of the bottle, with news outlets across the world reporting that the naval strike group was steaming north to scare the rogue nation straight.

A US Navy photo dated 15 April showed the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier heading through the Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean. "Afterwards, it changed course for unknown reasons, and that created confusion because the USA didn't say anything about it". The White House is now being questioned about making public wrong information about the whereabouts of Navy ships.

CNN's Jim Acosta tweeted that an administration official blamed the mix-up on a miscommunication. When Trump originally spoke of the matter he clearly implied - or at least made it seem as if - the Carl Vinson was heading to the Korean Peninsula at that exact moment, possibly resulting in a standoff with North Korea. Find us on Facebook too! "We have no further comment", it read. The country was widely expected to mark the occasion with another missile or nuclear test.

On Saturday, Pyongyang staged a massive parade that displayed new missiles and had warned that it would counter a US attack with "a nuclear war of our own". Satellite imagery at the time indicated that Pyongyang might have been preparing for a sixth nuclear test in addition to a massive military parade. Pyongyang also attempted to launch missiles, though they exploded shortly after launch. Vice President Mike Pence said on an Asian tour this week the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea was over. "So we're doing exactly what we said we were going to do".

Some experts suggested that the situation could have been a tactic to step up pressure on North Korea and to give some leeway to China ahead of the deployment of the navy strike force. If not, we will solve the problem without them!

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