U.S. carrier was not headed to North Korea as White House claimed

White House officials said Tuesday that they were mistaken last week when they said a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group had been sent to the Sea of Japan off North Korea as tensions rose over its missile and nuclear weapons programs. The carrier, the Carl Vinson, and the three other warships in its strike force in reality were heading the other way, toward the Indian Ocean to participate in joint exercises with the Australian Navy.

White House officials said they had been relying on information from the Defense Department, possibly a reference to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ incorrect explanation of the Pacific Command’s announcement of the Carl Vinson’s deployment.

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