A Reuters reporter covering the Pentagon first reported April 9 that the Vinson strike group was headed toward the Korean peninsula, citing an unnamed USA official. Pence says, "North Korea would do well not to test his resolve". The show of military strength by the U.S. angered China, while the tomahawk airstrike in Syria infuriated Vladimir Putin.
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The White House said it based its statements on guidance from the Defense Department. "It ensures our-we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region", he said.
A senior administration official blamed a miscommunication between the Pentagon and the White House over reports that the aircraft carrier has not made its way to the Sea of Japan as an expected show of force to North Korea.
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Officials at the State Department have signaled that a resolution to the standoff could be well off in the future. The caption date was six days after Third Fleet said she had received new orders "to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean" after departing Singapore; it was four days after Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters that "she's just on her way up [to Korea] because that's where we thought it was most prudent to have her".
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.
"If you are going to threaten the North Koreans, you better make sure your threat is credible", Wit said.
The article also dismissed speculation that the strikes groups for the carriers USS Ronald Reagan and Nimitz could join with the USS Vinson.
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The New York Times reported the administration officials' conflicting reports as "glitch-ridden sequence of events ..."
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the peninsula and President Donald Trump the next day said: "We are sending an armada".
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.
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The official was adamant that the USA is now not anticipating pre-emptive military action against North Korea. Tokyo is the second stop on Pence's 10-day tour of Asia, a trip aimed at emphasizing that U.S.