Allies silent, jibes in China over USA carrier mix-up

According The New York Times, the White House armada-finally-heading-to-korea--and-may-stay-a-while/2017/04/19/734ac5e7-ad0c-4395-9cfe-43a9596dca7b_story.html?utm_term=.ba3048e8514f">said it got its information from the U.S. Department of Defense.

On April 15, a Navy photo showed the Carl Vinson south of its base in Singapore when it was supposed to be headed north toward North Korea per Trump's orders.

The US military's Pacific Command explained that the Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia.

Joel Wit, a co-founder of the 38 North program of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said the matter was "very perplexing" and fed into North Korea's narrative that the US is all bluster and does not follow through on threats.

For a few days it had seemed that after raining Tomahawks on Syria, Trump was prepared to punish North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who had stepped up missile launches and firings in a thinly disguised attempt to test the new administration.

And President Donald Trump himself spoke about the deployment, saying the United States was sending a "very powerful" armada toward North Korea.

Officials announced the deployment about two weeks ago, with President Trump hyping the deployment of the "armada" to North Korea, suggesting that the deployment was a major show of force, and fueling global concern that the U.S. is about to attack.

China and Russia, which prioritize stability in the Korean Peninsula, showed concern over the tough US stance, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying the issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic efforts.

Tuesday's news add another wrinkle to an increasingly tense standoff between North Korea and the US over the former's missile testing. The Vinson, as I said on the record, was operating up and down the Western Pacific and we were doing exactly what we said.

The naval strike group had actually spent the past few days conducting drills with the Australian Navy, the official said.

Those same officials did not push back on reports that the Vinson would return to Korean waters, where the strike group operated for much of March as part of the annual U.S.

The Trump administration put out reports that it changed course toward Korea after departing from Singapore on April 8.

Last week President Trump said an "armada" was being sent.

"If the planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method". April 25 is another major anniversary in North Korea, the birthday of the Korean People's Army, and some analysts say the North might try to celebrate with a major provocation.

It came as US Vice President Mike Pence addressed the crew of USS nuclear-powered carrier Ronald Reagan in its home-port Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo.

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