US Sends Aircraft Carrier Toward North Korea "In Response to Recent Provocations"

Tyler Durden's picture

One day after NBC reported that the National Security Council had presented Trump with three options vis-a-vis North Korea, namely i) put American nukes in South Korea , ii) kill Kim Jong-un or iii) use the CIA to infiltrate North Korea to sabotage or take out key infrastructure, a US carrier group has departed Singapore and is headed for North Korea.

According to Reuters, a U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea's advancing weapons program.  The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula.

The move of the USS Carl Vinson "is in response to recent North Korean provocations", an official told CNN. "We feel the increased presence is necessary," the official said, citing North Korea's worrisome behavior."

Harry Harris, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, directed the USS Carl Vinson strike group to sail north to the Western Pacific after departing Singapore on Saturday, Pacific Command announced.

The Vinson strike group will operate in the Western Pacific rather than executing previously planned port visits to Australia, Pacific Command said. The group will remain under the operational control of the Third Fleet.

This year North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have repeatedly indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president and celebrated annually as "the Day of the Sun."

At the end of March, satellite images collected by 38 North suggested that North Korea was actively preparing for a nuclear test.

Late last week, President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Florida, where Trump pressed his counterpart to do more to curb North Korea's nuclear program. Trump's national security aides have completed a review of U.S. options to try to curb North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. These include economic and military measures but lean more toward sanctions and increased pressure on Beijing to rein in its reclusive neighbor

Last weekend, Trump told the FT in an interview, that "if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."

Although the option of pre-emptive military strikes on North Korea is not off the table, the review prioritizes less-risky steps and de-emphasizes direct military action. Then again, nobody thought that Trump would launch a cruise missile strike against Syria less than a week after Rex Tillerson said Assad's fate lies with his people and not some foreign aggressor.

In other words, as we predicted yesterday, "with Syria down, it's now North Korea's turn." Considering recent developments, Kim Jong-Un would be well advised to keep a lower profile for the next few weeks.

Finally, for a real-time breakdown of where US Carrier and amphibious ready groups can be found at this moment, here is a handy map courtesy of Stratfor.

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JLee2027's picture

The little pip squeek needs to go into hiding. Now.

junction's picture

Donald Trump is morphing into Doctor Strangelove.

Putrid's picture
Putrid (not verified) junction Apr 8, 2017 10:04 PM

The US establishment is in opposition to society.

E.F. Mutton's picture

One "Gulf of Tonkin Special", comin' right up

chunga's picture

Steve M'nuchin proudly announces the soon to be commissioned....USS Jared Kushner.

/gag

xtndmedia's picture

N Korea will be for anyone a bite more that they could chew.

We're not talking about sand niggers with camels and ak-47 only, but I guess someone will learn it the hard way.

And I doubt it will be the guy waiting and preparing more than a decade for the showdown.

China will gladly assist him (more or less secretly) in clearing the Pacific for them.

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lexxus (not verified) xtndmedia Apr 8, 2017 10:35 PM

This move is smokescreen for the Syrian fiasco of the Imperial Warmongering for Greater Israel.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/imperial-warmongering/

sincerely_yours's picture

I must admit it is a very good assessment.

Trump is not crazy to hit N Korea, a Chinese protégé.

Trump did a drive-by shooting in Syria. The Russians hurried in and he hightailed the boys to N Korea.

xtndmedia's picture

Well, on the bright side...the Pacific is already nuked beyond repair by our good jewish friends and their Fukushima job

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y414LjF_MAw

so maybe this way we can get rid of the pesky commies from Cali also with no regrets.

beemasters's picture

"if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."

What's the point for China to 'solve North Korea' when Russia helped 'solved Syria' and you senselessly attacked Syria based on unverified fake news evidence, Trump???

Manthong's picture

Please Mr. President...

Go ahead and concentrate on Pot-Belly Jr. and stay the F out of Syria.

It would not surprise me to see Dear Leader launch another dud into the South China Sea.

 

AVmaster's picture

Flatten Korea = Good(and a long, long time coming)

 

But stay the fuck out of Syria....

Manthong's picture

Breaking Bombshell…

Just as many of us knew, the DNC Server Leak was a leak not a hack.

And it is no surprise to us that Seth Rich was the leaker.

How convenient that he was murdered.

But don’t ask me… ask Wikileaks.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/wikileaks-bombshell-guccifer-2-0-admits-seth-rich-dnc-leaker/

The Russians are going to be disappointed that they are not the center of attention anymoar in this issue.

I am going to post this in a few threads

 

Kotzbomber747's picture

"Considering recent developments, Kim Jong-Un would be well advised to keep a lower profile for the next few weeks."

Or else? What's Trump/the US Navy going to do? Launch Tomahawks against North Korea?

nmewn's picture

"This is a big fucking deal man!" 

So now we know why the DNC wouldn't let the FBI inspect their server, it was never "hacked" by the Russians or anyone else. 

Just like some of us (AHEM!) have been saying all along ;-)

Al Gophilia's picture

Yankees go home. Everyone go home.

BeansMcGreens's picture

Don't you realize yet from history:

"Wherever we set our helmets

is our home,

 and when we leave,

oh all you are left

is alone."

ThankUGartman's picture

So after we take care of North Korea that means we will have an influx of N Korean immigrants just like with ww2 and Japanese S Korea war and Vietnam. Great! Like there's not enough S Koreans that play golf at my local course now there will be N Koreans as well?? I hope they can act civilized on the course and won't be throwing ninja stars at each other or whatever their weapon of choice is. S Koreans always yell and talk way too loud as well. Do N Koreans also? Geez just so Lord Rothchild can control their central bank.

strannick's picture

Real life Risk, with Xi sayin ''say wha??''

yogibear's picture

Welcome to the deep-state. Where McCain,the Clintons,  Graham, the DNC get contribututions from.

Constant wars and chaos. Trump has become a swamp creature as well.

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bob_bichen (not verified) xtndmedia Apr 8, 2017 11:03 PM

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N0TME's picture

I've done this.  Apparently it is not bothering the Tylers.

Giant Meteor's picture

The machines have long since taken over. Tylers, if there is any human life forms left in the administration of the site, kindly show us a sign ..

Oh, and change up these lead stories of steaming warships and shadow warriors  as I am beyond giving a shit at this point. I believe it was, CNN now sees Trump as presidential, that pushed me over the edge. , although I'm sure this too shall pass ..

Many thanks in advance !

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bob_bichen (not verified) sincerely_yours Apr 8, 2017 11:05 PM

>>>  IS IS POSSIBLE THAT THE 'biblicism,com"  WHACK-job SPAMMER

    and

>>> THE "dailywesterner,com" SPAMMER    are THE SAME PERSON???

 

THEY SURE DO SEEM TO POST WITHIN MINUTES OF EACH OTHER< TIME AFTER TIME!

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Franklin Mint Chip (not verified) bob_bichen Apr 8, 2017 11:47 PM

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Get some Bitcoin today. Sleep high. Sleep easy.

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83_vf_1100_c's picture

  I checked Alexa rankings.

Biblicism does not have enough traffic to be ranked.

Dailywesterner is appx 165,000th most likely from newbs on zh clicking his spam links.

ZH is 569th in the US, 1,482 globally but down 216 recently. I wonder how many folks have quit coming here because of the incessant spamming. Tylers, are you watching the stats? Best appoint a spam admin to ban hammer these guys fast or become a once great site.  Talk to your webhost about a keyword ban but dwest is a sneaky bastard resorting to tinyurl names. Whodafuck clicks on those? Begging for trouble.

Winston Churchill's picture

Of two times I clicked the Westerner link, my anti virus caught trojans.

DO NOT CLICK ON THAT LINK>

ConnectingTheDots's picture

In the same vein, the commenting here at ZH is not conducive to following threads. Replies to comments are not located below the comment, so threads are very difficult to follow. The Tylers would do well to take a look at the Disqus model and take some of their features.

Pure Evil's picture

You can add Franklin Mint Chip to the list of spammers.

political_proxy's picture

The syria missle story is not much more than a story. A facade. a show of force.
A handfull of Tomahawks could have done far more damge. 
This was not a precision strike on a high value military target.

Winston Churchill's picture

Wrong warheads as well, supposed to use cluster muntions on airfields, some with time delayed bomblets to keep

it out of action.

xtndmedia's picture

Best advice: Move to the S emisphere when SHTF

Caught_Fish's picture

Already there, but you should read the book "On The Beach" by Nevil Shute, we may just be the last witnesses to man ignorance and folly.

Caught_Fish's picture

Listen to this song from Eric Bogle.

Good interpretation of nuclear war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq8_fGOCQYA

EternalAnusocracy's picture

Fish, that is one of the best books ever written.  Sadly, the public school education Americans are now unable to comprehend anything more complex than a fucking rainbow snapchat.

Snout the First's picture

A couple of weeks ago Turner Classic Movies showed On the Beach. What always strikes me about the movie is that no one even knew how the war started, and it was most likely a miscalculation or a mis-interpretation that did it. How I hope our "leaders" know what they are doing.

Caught_Fish's picture

Like the movie "The Road" the cause was much less important to the survivors than the effect.

Food Loaf Junkie's picture

Saw the movie, it stays with you.  What people did with their last days probably affected people at that time, today people are so jaundiced that they would find it boring.

logicalman's picture

Here are a couple of powerful Brit movies regarding nuke warfare.

When the Wind Blows - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVq76YvTPMs

Threads - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NxkEDpl-40

Threads was filmed, mostly, in Sheffield, UK. I was living there at the time. Makes things seem very real when every scene is a place you are very familiar with.

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bob_bichen (not verified) xtndmedia Apr 8, 2017 11:09 PM

xtndmedia  <<<  "dailywesterner,com"  SPAMMER

beemasters's picture

"if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will."

While we are at it, can we "solve" Israel too?

Herodotus's picture

What if US solves Korea problem and China solves Israel problem?

BadDog's picture

I've heard that big mouth bar talk before, and it usually doesn't turn out well for the guy who is swinging it.  We may find out just how effective our carrier groups are at fighting even a modestly able foe, instead of sitting off point and bombing the hell out of peasants in huts.

07564111's picture

The Celestial Princess and her 2 handmaidens watch every move US warships make in the Pacific. I'd like to see a very public demonstration of the DF-21D..just for educational purposes of course. ;)

political_proxy's picture

How about destroying tyranny in the USA?

Whalley World's picture

Mike Cernovich just broke the story150,000 troops heading for Syria
It's Donkey Kong On

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) chunga Apr 8, 2017 10:33 PM

good one