Vinson carrier group expected off Korea in late April
Apr 19 2017
The regime is today celebrating the birthday of the founder of his family dynasty, an anniversary often marked by a bellicose show of strength.
The New York Times reported, "The problem was, the carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the four other warships in its strike force were at that very moment sailing in the opposite direction, to take part in joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, 3,500 miles southwest of the Korean Peninsula".
Russia's foreign minister says he hopes the US will not take unilateral action against North Korea as it did recently in Syria. "It ensures our - we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the President options in the region", Spicer said on April 11. Quoting unnamed South Korean officials, the Herald said "the strike group will join the South Korean Navy in a massive maritime drill created to counter provocation from the North".
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated as the United States president Donald Trump has adopted a harsh rhetoric against the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who repelled China's exhortations and ordered to have new missile tests.
In recent months it has demonstrated signs that it wants to help the global community force North Korea to back down - in February it banned all coal imports from the country and last week deployed 150,000 troops to the border.
Tensions with North Korea have recently escalated, as the rogue Asian nation has continued to test ballistic missiles and is believed to be the stages of another nuclear test.
China has also cautioned North Korea against going for sixth nuclear test defying U.S. warnings.
Pence made an unannounced visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the start of his 10-day trip to Asia in a US show of force that allowed the vice president to gaze at North Korean soldiers from afar and stare directly across a border marked by razor wire.
While the belief that the Carl Vinson was heading towards Korea was reported as fact by media outlets around the world, there were hints it was perhaps not steaming there as fast as many supposed.
Defense News' well-known naval correspondent Christopher P. Cavas was first to report on Monday about the Navy's post that revealed the Carl Vinson nowhere near the Korean Peninsula.
"We will not rest and will not relent until we obtain the objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said.