Mockery, anger in South Korea over Trump's military 'bluff'

Today the White House tried to clarify a series of confusing and possibly misleading statements about the location of a Navy aircraft carrier it initially said was headed north to the Korean Peninsula. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said it was a "prudent" decision to send the ships to waters off the Korean Peninsula to deter the North.

Donald Trump boasted last week that he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korea but it turns out it was actually going in the opposite direction. It was actually about 3,500 miles away from Korea on Saturday and heading in the opposite direction to participate in joint exercises with Australia. Our "very powerful" armada will make its way to the Korean Peninsula eventually, but apparently no one's in any rush.

Officials have now said Mattis "misspoke" - and that it was a port visit in Australia that was cancelled to allow for the group's redeployment to the waters near the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea has recently ramped up work on its nuclear program, hoping to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States. "That's a fact. It happened - it is happening, rather".

Vice President Mike Pence said that he does not believe the Defense Department intentionally misled the public about the whereabouts of a strike group in the Pacific Ocean.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis looked to address confusion over the issue on Wednesday, telling reporters traveling with him in the Middle East that the adjustment in the Vinson's schedule had been disclosed in the interest of transparency.

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The FBI is probing whether Trump's staff engaged in criminal collusion with Russian officials to boost Trump's election chances. There is "no proof" that Washington's account of what happened in Idlib is true, Lavrov said. "I respect that.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful", Trump boasted in an interview aired April 12, indicating an apparent show of force by Washington in the face of North Korea's increasing ballistic missile tests.

The show of force was met with aggressive rhetoric from the North Korean officials, who said on Monday that the US's military moves were creating "a risky situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment".

This explanation will undoubtedly satisfy the many people who have given Spicer and the Trump White House the benefit of the doubt over significantly more clear-cut falsehoods and messaging failures.

North Korea responded to the reported dispatch with harsh rhetoric and attempted missile launches.

Pence on Wednesday also reaffirmed the U.S.'s commitment to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and said its common defense alliance with Japan extended to islands also claimed by China.

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