Anchor: The U.S. Navy released a photograph showing the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson was in waters off Indonesia until last weekend. This contradicts earlier announcements by U.S. authorities that the supercarrier strike group was heading towards the Korean Peninsula amid possibilities of North Korean provocations.
Our Park Jong-hong has this report.
Report: The U.S. Navy strike fleet headed by USS Carl Vinson was thousands of kilometers away from the Korean peninsula last weekend.
This counters the U.S. Pacific Command’s announcement that it was approaching waters near the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. Navy posted a photo of the aircraft carrier sailing Saturday in the Sunda Strait off the coast of Indonesia.
That was when tensions peaked over the possibility of North Korea’s nuclear or missile test on the occasion of the birthday of national founder Kim Il-sung.
At the moment, the USS Carl Vinson is expected to reach Korean waters sometime next week.
A South Korean defense official said Wednesday that the aircraft carrier will be journeying to Korea following a joint exercise with Australia.
The whereabouts of the U.S. aircraft carrier have fueled speculations whether the earlier announcements were a mistake or an intentional attempt to cause confusion.
The New York Times and the Washington Post reported Tuesday that the Pentagon may have made a mistake or was in a hurry to make the announcement.
Some experts suggested that the situation could have been a tactic to step up pressure on North Korea and to give some leeway to China ahead of the deployment of the navy strike force.
The White House gave no immediate comment.
Park Jong-hong KBS World Radio News