United States backtracks on 'armada' sailing towards North Korea

While the US Navy told Business Insider that the Vinson would eventually head to the Korean Peninsula, the confusion about the timing of events has led some to question the Trump administration's resolve. To counter the potential threat, and position the U.S.to launch a potential retaliatory strike, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson was dispatched to provide air support.

"It's headed there now, it wasn't headed there last week", the reporter shot back.

While on its final approach to land on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, a USA pilot was ejected from this aircraft. "I'll determine when she gets there and where she actually operates, but the Vinson is going to be part of our ensuring that we stand by our allies in the north-west Pacific".

However, photos posted on Navy.mil on April 15 showed the carrier and its accompanying ships near Indonesia's Sunda Strait, which is about 3,500 miles from the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration has also been trying to clear the waters after sending out confusing messages over the location of the Vinson carrier group that was supposedly steaming toward North Korea last week.

He underlined the situation in the Korean peninsula is highly sensitive, and therefore all involved countries should avoid aggravating the situation. Experts can't decide either.

Martin pointed out last week that the Vinson battle group would not be arriving in the Korean peninsula until next week, on April 26.

The US military's Pacific Command explained on Tuesday that the Carl Vinson strike group first had to complete a shorter-than-initially planned period of training with Australia.

Two Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers left Sasebo port in southern Japan on Friday to join the Vinson strike group.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. "We said it was heading there".

His remark stoked fears across East Asia that the USA was poised for a pre-emptive military strike.

Pence also said the USA would protect freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the sea lanes vital to global shipping where China has been staking claim to disputed territory.

Vice President Mike Pence said that he does not believe the Defense Department intentionally misled the public about the whereabouts of a strike group in the Pacific Ocean.

Mr Pence would not rule out the use of military force in North Korea but said "all options are on the table" and he stressed the USA was focused on diplomacy at this stage. Taken together, the episodes illustrate how even the military's most seasoned four-star field commanders can fail to consider the broader political or strategic ramifications of their operational decisions, and some current and former senior officials suggested that President Trump's decision to unshackle the military from Obama-era constraints to intensify the fight against terrorists risked even more miscues.

  • Leroy Wright