Carrier Trump said would intimidate Kim is still far away

News organizations around the world, including NPR, covered the statements by Trump and other officials in Washington about the Carl Vinson's deployment as though the ships were bearing down on North Korea.

The Defense Department blamed what turned out to be fake news by describing a series of foul-ups, including a "premature announcement of the deployment by the military's Pacific Command to an erroneous explanation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis", the paper reported.

The April 15th snapshot showed Carl Vinson, which is accompanied by two guided-missile destroyers, between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, and not in the Sea of Japan, as indicated by the White House.

"After departing Singapore on April 8 and canceling a scheduled port visit to Perth, the Strike Group was able to complete a curtailed period of previously scheduled training with Australia in global waters off the northwest coast of Australia", a U.S. Pacific Command spokesperson told the Post in a statement.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful", to the waters off the Korean Peninsula, Trump told Fox Business News on April 12.

South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo told The Wall Street Journal of the carrier mix-up: "What Mr. Trump said was very important for the national security of South Korea".

The move was apparently made over fears North Korea would carry out a sixth nuclear test.

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It did not conduct a nuclear weapons test or attempt an attack on South Korea or Japan, which might have prompted a military crisis. But it was now "proceeding as ordered", it said.

The U.S. Navy released an image of the USS Carl Vinson traveling on the Sunda Strait near Indonesia on Saturday, thousands of miles away from where the ship was widely expected to be.

But US officials clarified to CNN that the carrier group would be conducting some training with Australian forces and possibly Japanese forces prior to heading to the Korean peninsula.

The strike force has now been redirected and is heading toward the Korean Peninsula. "It ensures our-we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region", he said.

Actually, a fleet of United States warships - an aircraft carrier accompanied by two destroyers and a cruiser - had been deployed, but in the opposite direction from the Korean peninsula. April 25 is another major anniversary in North Korea, the birthday of the Korean People's Army, and some analysts say the North might try to celebrate with a major provocation.

The Trump administration put out reports that it changed course toward Korea after departing from Singapore on April 8.

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