US carrier heading toward Korean Peninsula

The Latest: China urges return to negotiations over N. Korea

USA officials came under fire following revelations that the group of ships led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson were thousands of miles away from Korea despite earlier statements suggesting they would be in the region to deter the North when tensions soared last weekend.

The White House on Tuesday blamed the Defense Department for the embarrassing debacle, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story.

Administration officials described to the Times what the newspaper called a "glitch-ridden sequence of events" surrounding the strike group.

The U.S. Navy strike fleet headed by USS Carl Vinson was thousands of kilometers away from the Korean peninsula last weekend.

U.S. media said on Tuesday, citing defense officials, that communication misfires fanned the incorrect statements that the warships were heading toward North Korea. The narrative last week was that the US and its allies in the Western Pacific were gearing up for a showdown with strongman Kim Jong Un ahead of the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

That night, in an interview with Fox News Business, US President Donald Trump said he was sending an "armada" to North Korea. Trump did not detail the assets involved in this "armada", aside from US Navy submarines - presumably nuclear-armed Ohio-class subs - which he claimed are "far more powerful than the aircraft carrier".

An "armada" of U.S. warships President Donald Trump claimed he had deployed into waters near the Korean Peninsula was actually heading in the opposite direction, it was revealed today.

The Aegis system could also do it, but those missiles are based on destroyers - like the ones in the Vinson's strike group, which isn't yet in the vicinity of North Korea.

"We said it was "heading" there", he said. Martin pointed out last week that the Vinson battle group would not be arriving in the Korean peninsula until next week, on April 26.

Pacific Command put out a statement on April 8, saying that the Carl Vinson strike group would move toward the western Pacific from Singapore.

It appears that both countries aim to probe the movements of the United States, which is showing a stance of not excluding military action against North Korea.

"A carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly. a huge deterrent".

The U.S. military initially said in a statement dated April 10 that Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of Pacific Command, directed the Vinson strike group "to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific".

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