White House, Pentagon miscommunicated on aircraft carrier's location

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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".

But the vessels were heading the other way for training with Australia's navy.

"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.

"We don't generally 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", he continued. She will be on her way. "She operates freely up and down the Pacific, and she's just on her way up there because that's where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time".

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In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo last week regarding North Korea, Trump said, "We are sending an armada, very powerful". "We have the best military people on Earth". Following the April launch, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a three-sentence statement acknowledging the launch: "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea".

On April 15, the Navy published a photo of the aircraft carrier as it was transiting the Sunda Strait-some 5600 kilometers (3,500 miles) southwest of the Korean Peninsula.

The strike group had reached Singapore on April 4 after taking part in joint drills with the South Korean Navy in the East Sea on March 19-25.

"They are going to start heading north towards the Sea of Japan within next 24 hours", the official said on condition of anonymity. "That's a fact, it happened". "It is happening, rather", he said.

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But some questioned why the timeline was not corrected earlier given the tensions involving nuclear-armed North Korea.

'Tricked badly!' the Global Times chirped on its social media account.

"American imperialism is a paper tiger", said one user on Weibo, China's version of Twitter.

The announcement that the Vinson had been dispatched to the region increased tensions with Pyongyang, with its official Korean Central News Agency calling the carrier's deployment "nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region".

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As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un led a huge show of military strength - parading the country's new submarine-based ballistic missiles and carrying out a failed missile test - the flotilla of USA warships was about 3,500 miles away.

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