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That 'Armada' Heading To North Korea? Actually, It Sailed South

Remember that aircraft carrier that Trump sent to deter North Korea?

Team Trump declared last week that it was sending North Korea a tough message when the USA diverted an aircraft carrier strike force toward the Korean Peninsula - but the ships were actually thousands of miles away and heading in the opposite direction. Pacific Command announced April 8 that it was cancelling the ships' planned visit to Australia and instead ordering them to "sail north and report on station to the Western Pacific Ocean". The carrier and its companions could still make their way back to the Korean Peninsula, which they last visited in March, but USA defense officials generally decline to describe the deployments of American military units before the fact.

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.

The armada Trump bragged about sending to North Korea last week was actually headed in the opposite direction, according to a new report from the New York Times.

Well, us too. It's hard for the president to exercise an option he doesn't really have.

Other Pentagon officials told CNN that the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier and its strike group won't arrive near Korean until the end of the month. Please check your email for a welcome confirmation.

News that the USA hadn't followed through on its threat to North Korea was greeted in Chinese media with raucous laughter on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. It did not conduct a nuclear weapons test or attempt an attack on South Korea or Japan, which might have prompted a military crisis.

Officials from the White House told the Times that its information about the ship, Carl Vinson, along with four other warships, came from the Defense Department.

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. Mattis did say that, as a practice, the Navy does not disclose the whereabouts of its ships.

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