US carrier strike group still far from N. Korea

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The US Navy announced on April 8 that the armada was travelling north as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korean military aggression.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week said the conflict over North Korea could break out "at any moment" and warned there would be "no winner" in any war.

A photograph released by the Navy showed the aircraft carrier sailing through the calm waters of Sunda Strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Saturday, April 15.

"We don't know whether or not the White House and Department of Defense were on the same page or whether this was a bluff that could've cost American lives". The strike group was now "proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered", the USA military's Pacific Command said on Tuesday. He added that North Korea remains the "number one threat in the region" amid "its reckless, irresponsible and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability".

He said that under President Donald Trump, the USA will stand up to its enemies with its allies. That failed North Korean missile test happened two days ago, on the 16th, when the Vinson was supposed to be in the area, but wasn't.

China and Russia, which prioritize stability in the Korean Peninsula, showed concern over the tough US stance, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying the issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic efforts. The communist state has conducted two nuclear tests and test-fired almost 30 missiles since a year ago.

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A PACOM statement issued late Tuesday indicated that the Vinson was now - truly - steaming toward North Korea. "It doesn't make any difference if it does or not", Trump explained.

The vice president reiterated Monday that "all options are on the table" to deal with the threat posed by North Korea. "The problem will be taken care of".

The talk came after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea had reportedly fired an unidentified missile early on Sunday from its eastern coastal city of Sinpo.

Many feared the move signaled a preemptive strike, which President Trump had refused to rule out. Observers posited that a nuclear test in violation of United Nations resolutions could merit a military response. While declining to confirm a specific date, they did not dispute speculative media reports from South Korea that the strike group could be in the region by April 25 or so. "None of the US aircraft carriers that South Korea is desperately waiting for has come!"

President Trump said last week he had sent an "armada" as a warning to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un ahead of a planned missile test launch.

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