An American aircraft carrier and its support vessels will be moved toward the Korean Peninsula, according to a U.S. official, as concerns grow about North Korea's advancing weapons program. Matthew Larotonda reports.
The U.S. Navy is moving an aircraft carrier group toward the Korean peninsula in a show of force, as concerns mount at the Pentagon over North Korea's advancing weapons program. The USS Carl Vinson and its support vessels are moving from Singapore, according to a government source - just weeks after the North conducted another ballistic missile test. That test failed. But its leader, Kim Jong-un, has also indicated they could be ready to launch an intercontinental missile as early as the 15th -- a national holiday for the reclusive state. The navy regularly conducts patrols in the region, amplified during President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot toward Asia. In fact, the Vinson itself was in military exercises off South Korea's coast just last month. But this latest move comes mere days after President Donald Trump pressed his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, during a visit in Florida, to do more to curb the North's nuclear ambitions. And Trump has previously warned he would act unilaterally if China was unable to assist. A recent White House review of strategy against North Korea emphasizes China's role as a mediator and additional sanctions - all low risk measures. However, it still contains military options - including a so-called pre-emptive strike.