Like North Korea, which is often accused of displaying fake missiles during military parades, is US President Donald Trump, too, now employing bluffing?
Amid growing fear that North Korea were to conduct a nuclear test on Saturday to commemorate the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il-sung, the North’s founding president and the grandfather of Kim Jong-un, President Trump announced that he was sending aircraft carrier Carl Vinson to the Korean Peninsula.
“We are sending an armada. Very powerful,” Trump said. “We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That, I can tell you.”
However, on Wednesday, it was revealed that the carrier strike group was actually thousands of miles away and had been heading in the opposite direction.
According to Kim Dong-yub, a former navy officer and defense analyst at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in Seoul, “There is no way for South Korea not to have known that the Carl Vinson would not be in Korean waters last Saturday.”
Shin In-kyun, a military expert who runs the civic group Korea Defense Network said “It would have been very awkward for the South Korean military to come out and clarify when they knew that Trump was bluffing,” Mr. Shin said. “The bluffing worked, in fact. North Korea didn’t do a nuclear test last Saturday.”