Korean crisis: Trump 'sends in three aircraft carriers'

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The strike group, including the 97,000-ton carrier and its 60-plus aircraft, the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy and the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, will arrive off the Korean Peninsula by the end of April, multiple United States defense officials told CNN.

According The New York Times, the White House said it got its information from the U.S. Department of Defense.

By conducting joint exercises with the Maritime Self-Defense Force and through other means, the US aircraft carrier strike group is poised to increase military pressure on North Korea and urge Pyongyang to engage in restraint.

Initially, U.S. Pacific Command said it "ordered the Carl Vinson Strike Group north [from Singapore] as a prudent measure to maintain readiness and presence in the Western Pacific".

The U.S.is trying to ratchet up pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

The reports come after military forces in South Korea and the USA announced on Sunday that they had recorded a failed test launch of a ballistic missile from Pyongyang.

"We are sending an armada, very powerful", to the waters off the Korean Peninsula, Trump told Fox Business News on April 12.

"Very powerful, we have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you", he told the program.

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The redirection had sparked fears about a preemptive US strike should North Korea conduct a nuclear weapons test.

But the strike group first headed elsewhere, On April 15, the U.S. Navy even published a photo showing the Vinson transiting the Sunda Strait on its way to drills with Australia.

Administration officials described to the Times what the newspaper called a "glitch-ridden sequence of events" surrounding the strike group.

"She's stationed there in the western Pacific for a reason. It ensures our - we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the President options in the region", Spicer said on April 11.

US President Donald Trump talked up the military moves last Wednesday saying: "We are sending an armada".

"If the U.S.is planning a military attack against us, we will react with a nuclear pre-emptive strike by our own style and method".

"North Korea is the most risky and urgent threat to peace and security in the Asia-Pacific", Mr Pence said.

"Obviously, it's an intimidatory tactic adopted by the Trump administration to push Kim Jong-un to yield to Washington's carrier threats", Li said.

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