Two Japanese destroyers depart for possible drill with United States carrier group

19 de abril de 2017, 15:15Washington, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) The US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, which the White House said more than a week ago it was close to the Korean Peninsula, might be now heading to that destination.

Navy announced the commander of U.S. Pacific Command directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to head north.

"The Carl Vinson Strike Group cancelled a previously planned port visit to Australia and is continuing on track for all assigned missions in the Western Pacific", the statement reads.

USA "armada" was not sailing to Korean peninsula A USA aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea - but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged.

"That's a fact. It happened", Spicer said on Wednesday, before quickly correcting himself, "it is happening, rather".

The trip to the Indian Ocean, according to the US military's Pacific Command, was merely the first stop for the carrier, which on Tuesday was "proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered" after completing training with Australia, The Washington Post reported.

A Navy photograph over the weekend showed the Carl Vinson in the Sunda Strait near the Indonesian islands.

Mere days after the announcement about the strike group's new course, President Donald Trump weighed in on the North Korean threat.

Trump and other officials made the remarks about the strike group's dispatch to Korea amid fears that the North could carry out its sixth nuclear test to mark the birthday of national founder Kim Il-sung, grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un, which fell on Saturday.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the peninsula.

But during a press briefing that same day, Defense Secretary James Mattis contradicted Spicer by advising against reading into any "specific reason" for the move.

The strike force - which includes the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser - was steaming north on Wednesday toward the Sea of Japan, officials said.

'None of the USA aircraft carriers that South Korea is desperately waiting for has come!'

Pyongyang said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of "all-out war" if the United States takes military action.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is now - really -steaming northward and is expected to arrive in the Sea of Japan sometime next week, US officials said.