The U.S. Navy's Flickr account is not usually a source of headline news, but it drew considerable attention on Tuesday after a new photo of the carrier Carl Vinson appeared to contradict widespread reports of her impending arrival off North Korea.
The regime is today celebrating the birthday of the founder of his family dynasty, an anniversary often marked by a bellicose show of strength.
In addition to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson strike group, which had already been directed toward the area, the Pentagon has sent the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and the U.S.S. Nimitz toward the Sea of Japan as part of a larger show of force following North Korea's missile tests.
The Defense Department blamed what turned out to be fake news by describing a series of foul-ups, including a "premature announcement of the deployment by the military's Pacific Command to an erroneous explanation by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis", the paper reported.
Lu noted that Beijing and Washington maintained close coordination since the new United States administration came to the White House in January.
The Korean peninsula has been divided since the end of the Second World War when the USSR and United States jointly administered the north and south respectively after taking over following the end of the Japanese occupation.
"President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China' to resolve the problem", the vice president added.
"We are sending an armada".
Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun cited "multiple sources" within their country's government which said China and Russian Federation had dispatched vessels to chase the USS Carl Vinson, The Independent reported. "We've been very encouraged with the direction in which they're going".
China is urging a return to negotiations over North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons after Vice President Mike Pence warned that the US has lost its patience with the regime.
While the belief that the Carl Vinson was heading towards Korea was reported as fact by media outlets around the world, there were hints it was perhaps not steaming there as fast as many supposed.
The White House would not comment on the gaffe, referring questions to the Pentagon.
"Sean discussed it once when asked, and it was all about process", said a spokesman, Michael Short.
This false narrative fed into Trump's muscular image after the Syrian strikes and stoked fears that a preemptive attack on North Korea was in the works.