China, Russia send spy vessels after United States in Korean Peninsula

Team Trump declared armada.html">last week that it was sending North Korea a tough message when the USA diverted an aircraft carrier strike force toward the Korean Peninsula - but the ships were actually thousands of miles away and heading in the opposite direction.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended a mix-up involving an aircraft carrier that members of the Trump administration said had been ordered to sail toward the Korean Peninsula amid threats from North Korea.

The Defense Department blamed what turned out to be fake news by describing a series of foul-ups, including a "premature announcement of the deployment by the military's Pacific Command to an erroneous explanation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis", the paper reported.

North Korean state media has warned of a nuclear attack on the USA in retaliation for any signs of aggression, a threat that has been made numerous times before.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responded with his own fiery warnings and threatened to conduct weekly missile tests.

US President Donald Trump added to the tension early last week by telling Fox Business News he was sending "an armada" of powerful warships and submarines to waters off Korea.

Vice President Mike Pence issued a fresh warning to North Korea from the deck of a USA aircraft carrier in Japan, hours after reports emerged that the approaching "armada" Donald Trump touted last week was still thousands of miles away. North Korea responded by vowing reprisals in response and Russian Federation and China sent intelligence-gathering ships to monitor the us actions.

It did not conduct a nuclear weapons test or attempt an attack on South Korea or Japan, which might have prompted a military crisis.

"The president said we have an armada that's going toward the peninsula", Spicer said. The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled western Pacific deployment as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Citing unnamed officials, CNN reports the strike group is expected to be in the area near the Korean Peninsula within the next two weeks.

"Third Fleet ships operate forward with a goal: to safeguard US interests in the Western Pacific".

North Korea had just launched a Scud extended-range missile, only the latest in a series of launches by the rogue state in the first four months of 2017. The narrative last week was that the USA and its allies in the Western Pacific were gearing up for a showdown with strongman Kim Jong Un ahead of the anniversary of the birth of his grandfather, the late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

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