Russia, China Send Recon Ships to Track US Carrier Near North Korea

A strike group headed by the aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson is still thousands of kilometres from the Korean peninsula, according to the latest photographs issued by the US Navy, amid concerns over a possible US military strike against North Korea's nuclear programme. "The US is coordinating with the South Korean government about a combined drill which the Carl Vinson Strike Group can join", a South Korean official said.

China and Russian Federation have dispatched spy vessels from their navies to chase the USS Carl Vinson nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the Korean Peninsula, the Salt Lake Tribune has reported quoting the Japanese newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun.

This story is developing story and will be updated. It appears that the North's leader Kim Jong Un is playing a similar diplomatic game, speeding up the regime's missile and atomic weapons development programs from his father's time in a bid to confront the United States as an equal.

The U.S. Navy generally does not reveal the whereabouts of its warships for security reasons.

He said, "I hope there will be no unilateral actions like those we saw recently in Syria and that the USA will follow the line that President Trump repeatedly voiced during the election campaign".

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"White House officials said on Tuesday they were relying on guidance from the Defense Department", the Times reports.

That could still happen, but the potential flashpoint that many expected over the weekend has passed: North Korea attempted to fire a ballistic missile early Sunday, but it exploded very soon after launch.

Cai Jian, an expert from the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, said the whole episode was part of an elaborate game of "psychological warfare or bluffing" by the United States, arguing that Washington never really meant to launch a military strike on North Korea right now. However, as long as both the USA and North Korea seek to highlight their military might, there remains the risk that events will get out of hand.

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters on April 11 that the Carl Vinson was "on her way up there".