The U.S. Navy said Tuesday it did not immediately move the carrier toward North Korea despite President Trump's earlier comments to Fox Business that he was sending an "armada" to deter Pyongyang. That's a fact. It happened.
"Despite what the White House, and the National Security Advisor, and the Defense Secretary all said, the USS Carl Vinson was not steaming toward North Korea".
US Defense officials now say the Vinson group's deployment has been extended 30 days, and the it will be in place, near Korea, next week.
But on April 9, U.S. Pacific Command said that Adm. Harry Harris, the PACOM commander, had ordered the strike group to sail north and operate in the Western Pacific.
Officials have said the strike group was set to participate in a joint exercise with Australian forces before heading toward Korean waters, in apparent contradiction to White House rhetoric.
But the US carrier and three warships from Singapore on April 8 to the Korean peninsula, according to a statement by US Defense Secretary James Mattis on April 11, were in the Strait of Georgia.
When Trump originally spoke of the matter he clearly implied - or at least made it seem as if - the Carl Vinson was heading to the Korean Peninsula at that exact moment, possibly resulting in a standoff with North Korea.
"If you are going to threaten the North Koreans, you better make sure your threat is credible", Wit said. "The only question that we were asked was what signal it sends, and I think we answered that very question at the time".
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"We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs in order to defend ourselves by powerful force of arms and keep to the road chosen by ourselves", an unidentified ministry spokesman said.
Some news organizations cited the armada's apparent race northward as a sign of a possible pre-emptive attack on North Korea, spurring global concerns of a possible war.
"We have said again and again all parties need to work together to de-escalate the tension instead of being provocative because provocation can not achieve the goals", stressed Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang during a press conference on Wednesday.
"They are going to start heading north towards the Sea of Japan within next 24 hours", the official said on condition of anonymity.
He said: "We generally don't give out ship schedules in advance but I didn't want to play a game either and say we were not changing a schedule when in fact we had".
North Korea staged a massive military parade on Saturday and observers widely expected the country to conduct a sixth nuclear test to coincide with celebrations marking the birthdate of regime founder Kim Il-Sung.
"He is doing the wrong thing", he said of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
North Korea also had a message for the Carl Vinson carrier group.