US Navy Strike Group Moves in on North Korea
Trump is continuing to keep us guessing as to what his foreign policy plans are. Is he going to ramp up the war in Syria? Is he going to attack North Korea? Is it neither, and is he just making some noise on the international stage to flex his muscles?
We don’t know, which is probably just what Trump wants:
A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea’s advancing weapons program.
Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.
The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity.
“We feel the increased presence is necessary,” the official said, citing North Korea’s worrisome behavior.
The news was first reported by Reuters.
In a statement late Saturday, the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet said the strike group had been directed to sail north, but it did not specify the destination. The military vessels will operate in the Western Pacific rather than making previously planned port visits to Australia, it added.
It looks like the North Koreans are getting increasingly belligerent over this action. As of April 14th, the Kim Jong Un leadership of North Korea may have declared war on the United States.