Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

White House, Pentagon miscommunicated on aircraft carrier's location

White House, Pentagon miscommunicated on aircraft carrier's location

In reality, according to the New York Times, the USS Carl Vinson and the four warships in its strike group were headed to the Indian Ocean to take part in exercises with the Australian navy.

The regime is today celebrating the birthday of the founder of his family dynasty, an anniversary often marked by a bellicose show of strength.

By the time the White House was asked about the Carl Vinson on April 11, its imminent arrival had been emblazoned on front pages across East Asia, fanning fears that Trump was considering a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had also confirmed the Vinson's redeployment.

Babbage said it was also possible the United States administration had made a decision to give China a little time to put its own pressure on North Korea before sending the carrier strike group north: Trump met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on April 6 and 7 and spoke by phone on April 11, and may have wanted to give the Chinese some breathing space to before "rattling the bars", Babbage said.

The Vinson group possesses such a system.

The deployment has angered North Korea, which has called the move an effort to increase tensions in the region.

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"President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China' to resolve the problem", the vice president added.

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Tillerson plans to raise North Korea again when he hosts a meeting of foreign ministers at the U.N. Security Council late next week in NY.

Pentagon officials, however, told The Guardian Tuesday that the us military might consider shooting down North Korean missile tests in the future.

On Friday, the North Korean staff threatened to destroy USA warships sailing close to the Korean peninsula in case of United States attack.

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