The USS Carl Vinson, which was deployed to take part in “tactical training drills” with Japanese destroyers earlier this month, is the flagship vessel of the US Navy’s Carrier Strike Group one.
US Admiral Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that the warship is positioned “in the Philippine Sea just east of Okinawa”.
He confirmed that the 1,092 foot long vessel is standing by in “strike range and power projection range of North Korea if called upon to do that”.
He added: “In the next few days I expect it will continue to move north.”
The US carrier’s increased proximity to North Korea comes after the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson released a joint statement which revealed Mr Trump’s strategy to conquer the hermit kingdom.
The statement read: “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsular.
“We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.
“The President’s approach aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners.”
While the ship was headed towards the Philippine Sea, North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said Pyongyang is ready to illustrate its “military force” by sinking a “nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike”.
The North Korean mouthpiece claimed to have weaponry which “can reach continental US and Asia Pacific region” and the “absolute weapon” hydrogen bomb, according to CNN.
Shortly after President Trump’s administration announced plans to deter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, a US State Department spokesperson said Mr Trump wanted to stop North Korea’s “dangerous and reckless actions”.
The US Spokesperson added: “Provocations from North Korea have grown far too common and far too dangerous to ignore.”
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