US Vice President in nuclear-free Korean peninsula
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 19:17
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 U.S. rhetoric about the North's advancing nuclear and missile capabilities are raising concerns about a potential conflict.
At the time, comments from administration officials and spokesmen seemed to contradict each other over the exact reason the strike group was sent towards the Korean Peninsula.
As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un led a huge show of military strength - parading the country's new submarine-based ballistic missiles and carrying out a failed missile test - the flotilla of U.S. warships was about 3,500 miles away.
South Koreans also didn't seem thrilled with President Trump telling the Wall Street Journal that Korea "used to be part of China".
The US 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".
That aircraft participated last month in annual military exercises with the South Korean Army, and then the American nation began to carry equipment for the deployment of a missile defense system known as Thaad.
It was moving away from North Korea when USA officials said it was moving toward the peninsula, the Times confirmed on Tuesday. It is happening, rather, " Spicer said during a press briefing. Xi's call came as Beijing prepares to counter the U.S. deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptor missiles in South Korea.
Defense Secretary James Mattis attempted to clear up confusion on the issue on Wednesday, saying, "The bottom line is, in our effort to always be open about what we are doing we said that we were going to change the Vinson's upcoming schedule".
On April 14, the Navy posted a photo of the Carl Vinson strike group at an unidentified position in the Indian Ocean.
On Friday, during a transit of the Celebes Sea, an F/A 18E fighter of Carrier Air Wing 2 crashed during a final approach to the deck of the U.S. Navy carrier USS Carl Vinson. "We know that our security is the foundation of our prosperity", he said.
He said the situation on the Korean Peninsula is already very complicated and sensitive and tense, and all relevant parties who do not wish to see an escalation of tension shall speak and act in a constructive way.
Ever since the US Navy third fleet announced a diversion of Carl Vinson from Australia to the Western Pacific on April 9, the Trump administration has appeared to suggest that the ship is heading toward the Korean Peninsula to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat. "We said that it was heading there, and it was heading there, it is heading there".