The US Pacific Command's spokesperson also told The Korea Herald by email that the Strike Group has completed a previously scheduled training with Australia and is "heading north to the Western Pacific" - without clarifying their specific destination. But at the same time, you have a regime in North Korea that has consistently done nuclear tests, shot missiles into the waters close to our allies, the trying to miniaturize nuclear weapons, put them on submarines, trying to get intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Officials announced the deployment about two weeks ago, with President Trump hyping the deployment of the "armada" to North Korea, suggesting that the deployment was a major show of force, and fueling worldwide concern that the U.S. is about to attack.
The U.S. Navy said it did not deploy the USS Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula as originally stated, but instead sent the aircraft carrier to participate in joint exercises with the Australian navy in the Indian Ocean.
The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier is still several thousand miles south of North Korea despite reports last week that claimed it was heading to the volatile region.
An image from the United States military dated on Saturday show the carrier on a "scheduled deployment" at the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, several hundred kilometres south of Singapore. "Very powerful", Trump said. "So, I think it serves multiple capabilities", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said April 11. The country's United Nations envoy, Kim In Ryong, said this week that the US had pushed the Korean Peninsula to the "brink of war". Historically, Pyongyang has launched missile tests around important dates on the North Korean calendar.
Following the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding father, on April 15, North Korea will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military on April 25. North Korea is north of Singapore.
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In remarks to reporters at the Pentagon on April 11th, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that "she's stationed there in the western Pacific for a reason".
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Citing unnamed officials, CNN reports the strike group is expected to be in the area near the Korean Peninsula within the next two weeks.
Trump has signaled he will take a hard line in dealing with North Korea's defiance, and both sides have traded threats of pre-emptive military action.
A Navy photograph over the weekend showed the Carl Vinson in the Sunda Strait near the Indonesian islands.