Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 9 : A U.S. aircraft carrier-led strike group is headed toward the Western Pacific Ocean near the Korean Peninsula, CNN reported a US defense official as confirming the same.
Adm. 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 official said that the move of the Vinson strike group is in response to recent North Korean provocations.
It is not uncommon for aircraft carriers to operate in that area and the United States regularly deploys military assets, such as aircraft, to the region as a show of force.
The Vinson was in South Korea last month for military exercises. Earlier this week, North Korea launched a Scud extended-range missile, which US officials said exploded in flight.