Vinson carrier group expected off Korea in late April

Vinson carrier group expected off Korea in late April

Defense officials tell CNN that things won't happen that quickly: They expect the Vinson and its strike group to arrive off the Korean peninsula around the end of the month.

Senior North Korean officials responded by accusing the US of bringing the countries to the brink of "thermonuclear war" and vowing to conduct "more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis".

Despite a slew of reports suggesting that the aircraft carrier was in the area, or about to be, a report at Defense News reveals the reality: The Vinson is now about 3,500 miles away, taking part in military exercises with the Australian navy south of Singapore.

In recent months it has demonstrated signs that it wants to help the global community force North Korea to back down - in February it banned all coal imports from the country and last week deployed 150,000 troops to the border.

Those reports turned out to be false, as officials denied that the Nimitz and the Ronald Reagan had joined the Vinson, Defense News said.

The carrier was moving away from North Korea when the Pentagon had said it was moving toward the peninsula, the Times confirmed on Tuesday.

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.

It was unclear why the USA made a decision to have the ships participate in the previously planned exercises, rather than heading directly off to Korea. The Strike Group will remain under the operational control of US 3rd Fleet as part of the 3rd Fleet Forward initiative. Carl Vinson has deployed to the region several times, starting with a deployment to the Western Pacific in 1983, a year after commissioning.

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North Korea has defied repeated economic sanctions and worldwide pressure over its nuclear regime, which saw it carry out two tests in 2016 and one so far this year, and has vowed a "merciless response" to any USA provocation.

Last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his American counterpart Donald Trump also held a telephonic conversation to discuss the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria.

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