>> The US Navy is moving an aircraft carrier group towards the Korean Peninsula in a show of force. As concerns mount at the Pentagon over North Korea's advancing weapons program. The USS Carl Vinson and support vessels are moving from Singapore, according to a government source. Just weeks after the North conducted another ballistic missile test.
That test failed. But it's leader, Kim Jon-un, has also indicated they could be ready to launch an intercontinental missile as earlier as the 15th, a national holiday in the reclusive state. The Navy regularly conducts patrols in the region, amplified during President Barrack Obama's diplomatic pivot toward Asia. In fact, the Vinson itself was in a military exercise off South Korea's coast just last month.
But this latest move comes just mere days after President Donald Trump pressed his Chinese counter part Xi Jinping, during a visit in Florida, to do more to curb the North's nuclear ambitions. And Trump has previously warned that he would act unilaterally if China was unable to assist. A recent White House review of strategy against North Korea emphasizes China's role as a mediator and additional sanctions.
All of them low risk measures. However, it still contains military options, including a so-called pre-emptive strike.