Aircraft carrier group wasn't near Korean peninsula

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 America is all bluster and doesn't follow through on threats.

The strike group was last spotted off Indonesia, over 3,000 miles from the Korean peninsula, Defense News reported Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson previously said that the United Kingdom stood alongside the US. "The US is coordinating with the South Korean government about a combined drill which the Carl Vinson Strike Group can join", a South Korean official said.

"The Carl Vinson Strike Group cancelled a previously planned port visit to Australia and is continuing on track for all assigned missions in the Western Pacific", a statement said. News reports said Japan was planning to deploy its own destroyers to form up with the Carl Vinson and its us escorts, the destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and Michael Murphy and the cruiser USS Lake Champlain.

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The American vice president is on a 10-day trip to Asia that has been dominated by the North Korea issue.

According to The New York Times, the naval armada has now changed its course and will arrive at the Korean Peninsula by the end of April.

A South Korean defense official said Wednesday that the aircraft carrier will be journeying to Korea following a joint exercise with Australia. It maintains the stance that it intends to conduct its first nuclear test since September past year, which would be its sixth test, and test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Remember that aircraft carrier that Trump sent to deter North Korea? "It doesn't make any difference if it does or not", Trump explained. North Korea as a nuclear wild card does not threaten the interests of either China or Russian Federation. "The problem will be taken care of".

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North Korea and the USA have ratcheted up tensions in recent weeks and the movement of the strike group had raised the question of a pre-emptive strike by the US.

Trump's lack of knowledge about foreign affairs anxious many throughout his bitter campaign battle with Hillary Clinton and just recently the President raised eyebrows when he mistakenly told Fox that he bombed Iraq instead of Syria. However, as long as both the USA and North Korea seek to highlight their military might, there remains the risk that events will get out of hand. The Chinese foreign minister said he feared that "war could break out at any moment", and North Korea said it "will go to war" if Trump provokes it.

Over the weekend, North Korean forces conducted a failed test of what is believed to be a new medium-range missile just hours after the country's regime showed off a host of military hardware during a national celebration.

The US Navy said on 8 April that Carl Vinson strike group was headed towards the Korean peninsula, as a deterrence measure.

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