White House military bosses talked up the US response to nuclear-mad Kim Jong-un as the president promised to deal with Pyongyang. There was chaos earlier this week when it emerged the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike force – which Trump had said was heading to North Korea – was actually in the Indian Ocean.
But now the battle group has finally begun to steam towards the Sea of Japan as war talk continues from Kim.
Senior administration officials blamed the previous error about the location of US Navy vessels on a “miscommunication”.
US Pacific Command yesterday confirmed the vessel has now turned east and is sailing towards the Pacific.
”The strike group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in international waters off the northwest coast of Australia.
“The Carl Vinson Strike Group is heading north to the Western Pacific as a prudent measure,“ a PACOM spokesman said.
The carrier group is expected to arrive off the Korean Peninsula before the end of April.
China hit out at “provocative” moves by the US by claiming the warships were heading to the Korean Peninsula earlier this month – accusing Trump of “fake news”.
Confusions reigned over the strike group – which includes missile destroyers – after Trump talked up his “armada”.The Donald said: “We are sending an armada. Very powerful.“We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you.”Rear Adm. Jim Kilby, commander of Carrier Strike Group 1, confirmed the warships will not be heading to North Korea “to provide a persistent presence in the waters off the Korean Peninsula.”
Kim is feared to be planning to detonate a nuke test on April 25 to coincide with the Military Foundation Day holiday in North Korea.Throughout March and April, US forces have been in the peninsula carrying out major war drills in South Korea.Tensions have raged after Trump appears to take a more aggressive stance against Kim.
This article originally appeared dailystar.co.uk.