Mike Pence promises 'overwhelming and effective' response to North Korea

"Sure. No, no, no - but that's not what we ever said".

It is now - really -steaming northward and is expected to arrive in the Sea of Japan sometime next week, USA officials said. North Korea was about to test a missile, and the Trump administration was ratcheting up US rhetoric about a potential standoff. They were headed for a naval exercise with Australia.

"The Vinson, as I said on the record, was operating up and down the western Pacific, and we were doing exactly what we said, and that is we are shifting her", he said. Several times over the last two weeks, the Trump administration said the ships were heading north.

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Mr Pence said. If not, we will solve the problem without them!

"We are sending an armada, very powerful".

"While all of us look forward to being connected with our friends and families, our nation requires us to be its flexible force, the away team, and as we have done time and time again through history, we won't let her down now", he added.

"We are sending an armada", President Donald Trump said on April 12.

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During a massive parade in the capital, however, North Korea displayed what appeared to be new long-range and submarine-based missiles.

It came to light after the US Navy posted a photo online of the aircraft carrier sailing through the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java in Indonesia.

The White House said it did not mislead allies about the ship's movements.

According to Stars & Stripes, the U.S. Pacific Fleet said in a statement the visit to Australia was scrapped. Navy announced the commander of U.S. Pacific Command directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to head north.

The controversy erupted following the April 9 announcement by Washington that the aircraft and its combat team had departed from Singapore to the Korea Peninsula as a show of force, in what a Navy spokeswoman called a prudent measure to maintain the United States military presence in the Western Pacific.

Spicer said the USS Carl Vinson's "ultimate destination" was the Korean Peninsula and that "that's where it ended up".

"I think we were asked very clearly about the use of a carrier group in terms of deterrence and foreign presence and what that meant, and we were - that's what we discussed".

"The president said we have an armada going toward the peninsula", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

A USA aircraft carrier the Navy claimed was headed towards the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions in the region, was, in fact, still thousands of miles away, a U.S. official has acknowledged.

Some reports say it may arrive by April 25, as North Korea marks the anniversary of its army's founding.