United States carrier group was not steaming straight to North Korea
United States carrier group was not steaming straight to North Korea
21 Abril, 2017, 20:05
But - and this is the key - there was a narrative out there that a USA aircraft carrier was headed into a very significant and conspicuous part of the western Pacific Ocean at a very key and tense time.
"If you are going to threaten the North Koreans, you better make sure your threat is credible", Wit said.
On April 15, a Navy photo showed the Carl Vinson south of its base in Singapore when it was supposed to be headed north toward North Korea per Trump's orders.
The Navy was criticized for taking a week to correct the report.
The show of force was met with aggressive rhetoric from the North Korean officials, who said on Monday that the US's military moves were creating "a risky situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment". How does the commander in chief not know that an aircraft carrier is not heading to deter North Korea? During an appearance in Japan on Wednesday, Vice President Pence said that "all options are on the table" and that the U.S.is not looking to negotiate with the hermit kingdom.
A senior United States administration official told the CNN that miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House, and a lack of follow-up among U.S. commanders, were to blame for confusion over the movement of the carrier group.
US media outlets have attributed the muddle to miscommunications between the White House and the Pentagon, which failed to brief the White House accurately.
The US government said last week the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was in a group being dispatched to the Sea of Japan to send a "powerful signal" to North Korea.
"The USS Carl Vinson Strike Group is proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered", the spokesperson said.
North Korea expert Joel Wit, at the 38 North monitoring group, said it raised questions about the Trump administration's credibility.
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had also confirmed the Vinson's redeployment. It's prudent. But it does a lot of things.
The United States ratcheted up its rhetoric ahead of North Korea's military parade and failed missile launch over the weekend, and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday declared that the era of U.S. "strategic patience" in dealing with Pyongyang was over. "The Vinson sails up and down the Pacific routinely, and so I would not read anything into the Carl Vinson's current locations".
North Korea is north of Singapore.
But he added: "As all of you know, readiness is the key".
"They're just out there, doing their jobs, and I know that they all know what they have to do and are very well trained, so I try not to get too nervous", she said. "We have submarines, very powerful". That means it was even farther away from the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong-un conducted his failed missile test over the weekend.
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