Last week, a U.S. defense official revealed that the USS Carl Vinson strike group had been directed toward the Korean Peninsula in response to “recent North Korean provocations.” Today, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, both China and Russia dispatched intelligence-gathering vessels from their respective navies to chase the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
The Tribune received their information from a Japanese news outlet, The Yomiuri Shimbun.
So far, it seems that both China and Russia are looking to gain information on the U.S.’s plans for North Korea, after having expressed concerns about recent messages from U.S. officials. It has also been suggested that the dispatch of the vessels is “partly aimed at sending a warning signal to the United States.”
President Trump and his staff have sent mixed messages about their plans for North Korea in recent weeks. On the one hand, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson suggested last week that President Trump would be working with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reach an agreement on how best to respond to North Korean threats. At the same time, President Trump has also said that the U.S., with its allies, will take on North Korea without help from China if necessary.
I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2017
President Trump’s National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, said on Sunday that, when it comes to North Korea, the president will do what he thinks is best for the American people.
‘It’s clear that the president is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States, and our president will take action that is in the best interest of the American people.’
‘We will make the US fully accountable for the catastrophic consequences that may be brought about by its high-handed and outrageous acts.’
On Sunday, North Korea attempted and failed to launch what is thought to be a medium-range missile, presumably in an attempt to showcase its own military might. Messages are being sent from all across the globe at the moment; only time will tell what consequences will come from those messages.
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