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Allies silent over 'show of force' by U.S. carrier

Allies silent over 'show of force' by U.S. carrier

A senior USA 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.

U.S. Navy via Flickr: PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2017) An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

North Korea did not refer to the mix-up but said the United States and its allies "should not mess with us".

The Vinson battle group is not expected to reach the Korean peninsula until next week.

The latest flare-up in tension between the U.S. and North Korea has been triggered by reports that the state was about to conduct its sixth nuclear test or fire a nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

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"Our expectation is that they will be in position in the Sea of Japan in a matter of days, before the end of this month", he told at a joint presser with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is not clear why the carrier strike group stayed in Southeast Asia, or why the Trump administration did not clarify where it was.

"We are sending an armada. Our concern is that we don't know if he knows what his policy is in regard to North Korea".

"They are going to start heading north toward the (Eastern Sea) within the next 24 hours", an unidentified USA defense official told AFP.

The Pentagon later corrected the transcript of Mattis' comments. The Navy, for security reasons, says it does not report future operational locations of its ships. "We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier", Trump told the Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo last week.

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Earlier this week, Trump praised Chinese efforts to rein in "the menace of North Korea" after North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty preemptive strike".

The Los Angeles Times published an article headlined: "Trump said Navy ships were headed toward North Korea. Can it be both?" "If that was a lie, then during Trump's term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says".

Still, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wouldn't give an inch.

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. "Afterwards, it changed course for unknown reasons, and that created confusion because the USA didn't say anything about it".

"The Carl Vinson Strike Group is heading north to the Western Pacific as a prudent measure", the US Pacific Command spokesman said.

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"We've been tasked to do these yearly exercises because we always have to be ready to defend the republic of Korea and we've been doing it obviously for a while and we will keep doing it as need be", Lt. Col. Steven Raspet told CNN. "And that is, we're shifting her, instead of continuing one direction as she pulled out of Singapore she's going to continue part of our cruise down in that region, but she was on her way up to Korea". And in fact, we had.


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