5 Donald Trump's Fake News....US carrier strike group off Australian coast, far from North Korea
The Navy on April 8 said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson super carrier to "sail north" as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korea. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was "on her way up" to the peninsula and President Donald Trump the next day said: "We are sending an armada. Very powerful."A Navy photograph had showed the Vinson off Java over the weekend. And a defence official on Tuesday said the ships are off the northwest coast of Australia. "They are going to start heading north towards the Sea of Japan within next 24 hours," the official said on condition of anonymity. The official added that the strike group wouldn't be in the region before next week at the earliest - it is thousands of nautical miles from the Java Sea to the Sea of Japan. At the time of the strike group's deployment, many media outlets said the ships were steaming toward North Korea, when in fact they had temporarily headed in the opposite direction.The United States ratcheted up its rhetoric ahead of North Korea's military parade and failed missile launch over the weekend, and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday declared that the era of US "strategic patience" in dealing with Pyongyang was over. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded with his own fiery warnings and threatened to conduct weekly missile tests. The strike group has been conducting drills with the Australian navy in recent days, the official said. It has scrapped a planned port visit in Australia as a result of sailing north.
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