A US aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed toward the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, a US defense official confirmed to CNN.
The move of the Vinson strike group is in response to recent North Korean provocations, the official said.
Adm. Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command, directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to sail north to the Western Pacific after departing Singapore on Saturday, Pacific Command announced.
Now, it is true that the US navy operates in these waters as a matter of course. And that the USS Carl Vinson strike group was in South Korea last month for military exercises. After a brief stopover in Singapore, it was headed to Australia when it was turned around and ordered to head to the Korean Peninsula.
The move comes after North Korea test-launched a Scud extended-range missile, which US officials said exploded in flight.
Again, nothing unusual in all this. The North Koreans are a pain in the ass and we routinely patrol off their waters.
But what is unusual is that this move comes after a historic meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump and Xi agreed on the “urgency of the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program” and “agreed to work together to resolve the issue peacefully.”
Now, this is a major, major development. The only way to contain North Korea without resorting to force is to get China to do it.
North Korea is 100% dependent on China for its survival. The rogue state cannot even feed its own people and without the help of China would cease to exist.
If China is serious about working with Trump we may find a solution to this mess and if so we can thank our commander in chief for making another incredible deal for America.