White House denies misleading public on carrier destination
White House denies misleading public on carrier destination
21 Abril, 2017, 01:52
Despite the embarrassing revelation, U.S. vice president Mike Pence warned North Korea not to test the resolve of America's military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons. "The statement that was put out was that the Carl Vinson Group was headed to the Korean Peninsula". The U.S.is trying to ratchet up pressure on North Korea to abandon its n.
The White House has defended President Donald Trump's claim that a US Navy strike group recently dispatched to monitor North Korea was sailing towards the Korean Peninsula and not away from it, as stated in some reports.
"We said that it was heading there, and it was heading there - it is heading there".
The US Navy said on April 8 that the strike group was travelling to the Korean peninsula amid tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
China has avoided directly criticising the United States for lying about the course of its nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, but warned that such actions might compromise regional peace.
"A carrier group is several things", he said at the time.
The perceived communications mix-up has raised eyebrows among Korea experts, who wonder whether it erodes the Trump administration's credibility at a time when USA rhetoric about the North's advancing nuclear and missile capabilities are raising concerns about a potential conflict.
The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its three accompanying warships would soon embark on its trip toward the East Sea of South Korea, having completed its joint exercise with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean, according to the US and Korean officials. "It is happening, rather", he said at a regular briefing. "It was heading there, it is heading there", Spicer said.
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However, The New York Times noted on Tuesday, that the Navy posted a picture dated April 15, showing the strike group in the Sunda Strait, an area thousands of miles away from North Korea off the coast of Indonesia.
"I$3 n our effort to always be open about what we're doing, we said that we were going to change the Vinson's upcoming schedule", Mattis explained, telling reporters that the Vinson was operating up and down the western Pacific.
But it was now "proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered", it said.
On Wednesday, Pence said Trump was not intentionally misleading.
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