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United States naval ships not yet en route to Korean Peninsula

United States naval ships not yet en route to Korean Peninsula

The story unravelled when the US Navy released a photograph showing the Carl Vinson thousands of kilometres away in the Sunda Strait, between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, on Saturday, the same day Kim Jong-un was making a show of his military arsenal in the streets of Pyongyang.

The White House said the error in the administration's original statement about the aircraft carrier's location occurred because it relied on guidance from the Defense Department. In fact, Defense News reported on Tuesday, it was actually headed in the opposite direction, toward the Indian Ocean, taking part in "scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian Ocean".

"We can not comment on details of U.S. operation of its assets", a military official said in Seoul, the capital of South Korea.

The move was apparently made over fears North Korea would carry out a sixth nuclear test. "It is headed to the Korean Peninsula, and it will arrive there", Spicer said.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful".

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Reuters was unable to independently confirm the incident, and interior ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Moscow, that the Vinson's deployment was routine and it had "no particular objective".

The Vinson is now expected to arrive at the Korean Peninsula on April 25, the same day as the 85th anniversary of the foundation of the North Korean army, according to the Korea Herald.

A week and a half ago it was reported that Admiral Harry Harris of US Pacific Command had told the carrier strike group to start sailing north, towards Korea, after the ships left Singapore on the 8th.

In the face of antagonism from North Korea last week, Trump had said the USS Carl Vinson carrier group was being deployed to waters off the Korean Peninsula. Xi's call came as Beijing prepares to counter the USA deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptor missiles in South Korea.

Speaking in Japan, US Vice President Mike Pence said the US will counter any North Korean attack with an "overwhelming and effective" response.

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Speaking to Fox News, the United States president said of the aircraft carrier's re-routing: "We are sending an armada, very powerful".

Now the White House is blaming the Pentagon for creating a false narrative about the travels of the Vinson, according to multiple media reports.

The Vinson is accompanied by a destroyer ship with an Aegis combat system to track and intercept missiles. "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.

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