Pilot ejects from jet on U.S. aircraft carrier headed to Korea

It was on Tuesday when the strike group finally turned north and started sailing towards the Korean Peninsula.

Shin In-kyun, a military expert who runs the civic group Korea Defense Network, said that Trump appeared to have used the Carl Vinson as a feint aimed at preventing North Korea from conducting a nuclear test.

But recent Navy photos have shown that the strike group was nowhere near Korea at the time.

"She's just on her way up there because that's where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time".

"We are sending an armada, very powerful". But we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea.

Later, he added: "We said that it was heading there, and it was heading there".

The confusion began on 9 April when the US Navy said the Carl Vinson strike group was travelling from Singapore to the Western Pacific.

The Pentagon later corrected the transcript of Mattis' comments.

Mr Pence was speaking on the final leg of a 10-day tour of the Asia-Pacific region that had already taken him to South Korea, Japan and Indonesia. "We want to send an unambiguous message especially to North Korea that any attempt to use weapons of any kind against our allies in this region or American forces overseas will be defeated and will be met with overwhelming force", Pence said in an interview with CNN.

Mike Pence toured a mosque in Jakarta
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"We're sending an armada", Trump told Fox News on April 11.

Maintenance work on the carrier is one of the reasons why the USA military is keen to "leave no gap" in Northeast Asia, the report stated.

The White House was forced to clarify the series of confusing and possibly misleading statements about the carrier's location.

One newspaper headline called it Trump's "Carl Vinson lie", and speculated that the Russian and Chinese leaders must have had a good laugh at its absence.

Liberal website Salon.com published an article reading: "Trump's wrong-way "armada": Strategic lie or idiotic blunder?"

Questioned on Wednesday at the daily White House briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer insisted the administration did not mislead anyone.

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike", the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, said in a commentary.

Mattis also refused to acknowledge any conflicting statements. It said the change of course was aimed at responding directly to a "primary threat" from North Korea. And in fact, we had. And I'll determine when she gets there and where she actually operates.

  • Leroy Wright