Thornberry did not endorse any preemptive military action against North Korean forces, but did say he thinks it's important that "you don't take options off the table".
Officials did, however, flatly deny reports that three USA carrier strike groups were being directed to mass off the Korean peninsula in a few weeks.
By conducting joint exercises with the Maritime Self-Defense Force and through other means, the USA aircraft carrier strike group is poised to increase military pressure on North Korea and urge Pyongyang to engage in restraint.
Movement of the carriers was reported by South Korean news agency Yonhap.
Nor should the aircraft carrier's presence, alone, be given too much weight, he added, since any early strikes on North Korea would likely have been carried out by long-range aircraft.
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"We don't know whether or not the White House and Department of Defense were on the same page or whether this was a bluff that could've cost American lives".
"If Pyongyang conducts its sixth nuclear test in the near future, the possibility of U.S. military action against it will be higher than ever", the Global Times wrote, "Not only is Washington brimming with confidence and arrogance following the missile attacks on Syria, but Trump is also willing to be regarded as a man who honors his promises".
White House officials told the Times that the military's Pacific Command made the announcement prematurely, and the mistake was repeated later by defence secretary Jim Mattis. "The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible, and destabilizing program of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability". The Carl Vinson took part last month in the U.S.
Sources told The Guardian that a missile interception operation would be the result of an Aegis missile defense system aboard a navy destroyer.
By the time the White House was asked about the Carl Vinson on April 11, its imminent arrival had been emblazoned on front pages across East Asia, fanning fears that Mr Trump was considering a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea.
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Meanwhile, Pence, during a 10-day trip through Asia, said during his stop in Japan that the us would continue to work toward a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula.
U.S. aircraft-carrier strike groups include guided-missile destroyers with powerful radars that could potentially be useful in tracking missile launches, like the kind recently attempted by North Korea.
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".
Abe, for his part, said Japan also hoped for peaceful dialogue with Pyongyang, "but at the same time, dialogue for the sake of dialogue is valueless".
As North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un led a huge show of military strength - parading the country's new submarine-based ballistic missiles and carrying out a failed missile test - the flotilla of United States warships was about 3,500 miles away.
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India, apparently, also sought copies of the chargesheet and judgement given out by the Pakistani military court. India has warned that if Jadhav's death sentence was carried out it would amount to pre-meditated murder.