The U.S. Navy’s Carl Vinson strike group will be on the move towards the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as concern for the North Korean nuclear weapons program with the increasing number of missile tests and outright provocation of the rouge nation against the U.N. sanctions escalates.
On a report by Reuters, a U.S. official who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media, indicated that the strike group will be coming from Singapore, moving towards the Korean peninsula.
The official said that: “We feel the increased presence is necessary,” pointing out to the actions of North Korea that has worried everyone in the Asia Pacific region.
The recent action of North Korea’s provocation came earlier this month when the they tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which ended with the projectile traveling only a fraction of its intended range.
North Korean officials have implied that they are to test an intercontinental ballistic missile soon. Analysts believe that it could take place during the 105th North Korea’s founding president Kim Il-sung which is on the 15th of April, which is also known as the “Day of the Sun” holiday in the country.
The meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi-Jinping has the North Korean nuclear program issue as one of their primary topic at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Trump has urged China to do more for the stability of the region by controlling Pyongyang’s provocations and expanding nuclear weapons program.
President Trump’s aides have completed a review of viable options for the US against North Korea. Though economic and military response is on the table, current priorities of the administration is to take less risky steps and is leaning to further sanctions and increased pressure from China to rein in its ascetic neighbor.