THE declaration last week that the U.S. had sent an aircraft carrier barrelling towards waters off the Korean Peninsula put tensions with North Korea at boiling point.
Over the past couple of weeks, speculation about an imminent USA attack on North Korea has centered heavily around the USS Carl Vinson's carrier strike group, which White House officials had hyped as having been sent to the Sea of Japan to send a "powerful message". Multiple US defense officials told CNN that Mattis had inadvertently misspoke and that it was a port visit in Australia that was canceled to allow for the group's redeployment to the waters near the Korean Peninsula.
Facing growing tensions between the US and North Korea, an American official told Reuters on April 8 that the usa had sent a Navy strike group to the Korean Peninsula as a show of force directed at the regime of Kim Jong Un.
Several news reports last week claimed the Carl Vinson and several ships that accompany it were steaming toward the Sea of Japan to keep a close eye on North Korea.
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US President Donald Trump talked up the military moves last Wednesday saying: "We are sending an armada".
In an interview with Fox Business that aired on April 12, President Trump declared that the United States was "sending an armada" to deal with the threat posed by the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's refusal to stop testing weapons.
Other nations were said to be joining in.
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That could still happen, but the potential flashpoint that many expected over the weekend has passed: North Korea attempted to fire a ballistic missile early Sunday, but it exploded very soon after launch. It did not conduct a nuclear weapons test or attempt an attack on South Korea or Japan, which might have prompted a military crisis.
The mixup was revealed on Monday when the Navy posted a photo of the Carl Vinson sailing through the Sunda Strait separating the islands of Sumatra and Java in Indonesia.
After the Navy's image of the ships spread across the internet, the narrative changed.
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