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USA aircraft carrier to reach waters near NKorea next week

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"We are sending an armada, very powerful" President Trump declared, in an interview with Fox Business on April. 11.

"Our deployment has been extended 30 days to provide a persistent presence in the Waters off the Korean Peninsula", Kilby announced in a Facebook post. Officials said a glitch-ridden sequence of events, such as an ill-timed announcement of the deployment by U.S. Pacific Command and a partially erroneous explanation by the Defense Secretary James Mattis, perpetuated a false narrative that the aircraft carrier was racing toward the waters off North Korea, The New York Times reported.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful".

After the White House incorrectly boasted about an "armada" of USA aircraft carriers headed towards the Korean Peninsula as tensions between the USA and North Korea continued to surge last weekend, press secretary Sean Spicer doubled down during a press briefing on Wednesday. telling reporter "We have an armada going toward the peninsula".

"But that's not what we said", Spicer replied.

"We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier", Trump told Fox on April 12. And I will say this: "He is doing the wrong thing", Trump added, referring to Kim Jong Un.

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Trump has warned that if China - North Korea's closest ally - can't help rein in the regime, the US and its allies will. Among the increasing threats are Iran's growing missile capabilities, as well as Iranian subversion in Iraq and Yemen.

South Koreans also didn't seem thrilled with President Trump telling the Wall Street Journal that Korea "used to be part of China".

"They are going to start heading north toward the (Eastern Sea) within the next 24 hours", an unidentified United States defense official told AFP.

The move was designed as a show of force against North Korea's nuclear threat and prompted fears of an imminent war. "That's a fact, it happened".

The US military initially said in a statement dated April 10 that Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of Pacific Command, directed the Vinson strike group "to sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific". "She will be on her way", the Pentagon chief told reporters as he made a stop in Saudi Arabia on a tour to the Middle East.

It is not clear whether the failure to arrive was a deliberate deception, perhaps created to frighten North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, a change of plan or simple miscommunication, the BBC's Korea correspondent Stephen Evans says. The trip to the Indian Ocean, according to the USA 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. It is headed to the Korean peninsula.

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