April 24, 2017 13:24
A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group is finally sailing north toward the Korean Peninsula after much confusion about where it is.
A military source on Sunday said the Korean Peninsula "will come within the strike group's 1,000 km radius of operations from around Tuesday," which marks the anniversary of the North Korean Army. It will probably reach the peninsula on Thursday, he added.
During a visit to Australia, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Saturday that the "armada" will reach the East Sea "within a matter of days."
The strike group, which is headed by the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, is avoiding the South China Sea so as not to agitate Beijing, which is embroiled in territorial spats with several countries there.
It started a joint exercise with two Japanese destroyers in the Western Pacific on Sunday, according to Japanese newspapers.
Confusion arose when U.S. President Donald Trump claimed earlier this month that the armada was changing course from Singapore and heading straight into waters off the Korean Peninsula, apparently as a warning to North Korea to refrain from any provocation.
But in fact it was on its way to the Sunda Strait in Indonesia.
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