[Ed. – The Hill cites Japanese news service NHK as confirming the carrier group is there, which means NHK has got confirmation from the Japanese ministry of defense. Other sources are reporting that South Korea has announced joint operations with Carl Vinson have started.]
The U.S. Navy strike group heading toward the Korean Peninsula entered the Sea of Japan on Saturday, according to Japanese news outlet NHK.
The U.S. Navy published a photo on Friday of the strike group moving through the Philippine Sea en route to the Sea of Japan, and the U.S. Pacific Fleet reportedly said it arrived in the area shortly thereafter. …
Pyongyang launched what is believed to be a medium-range ballistic missile on Saturday, the regime’s latest weapons test. The missile blew up over North Korean territory shortly after takeoff, U.S. and South Korean officials said.