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20 October 2017


US 'armada' headed away from North Korea

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A US aircraft carrier and other warships did not sail towards North Korea - but went in the opposite direction, it has emerged.

Axar.az reports that the US Navy said on 8 April that Carl Vinson strike group was headed towards the Korean peninsula, as a deterrence measure.

Last week President Trump said an "armada" was being sent. But the group was actually father away over the weekend, moving through the Sunda Strait into the Indian Ocean.

The US now says it first had to complete training with Australia. The strike group was now "proceeding to the Western Pacific as ordered", the US military's Pacific Command said on Tuesday.

It is not clear whether the failure to arrive was a deliberate deception, perhaps designed to frighten North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, a change of plan or simple miscommunication, the BBC's Korea correspondent Stephen Evans says.

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2017.04.19 / 09:00
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