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FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, a row of F18 fighter jets on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson is prepared for patrols when the U.S. Navy took Philippine journalists to the mammoth aircraft carrier on routine patrol in the waters off the disputed South China Sea. The Pentagon says a Navy carrier strike group is moving toward the western Pacific Ocean to provide a physical presence near the Korean Peninsula. North Korea's recent ballistic missile tests and continued pursuit of a nuclear program have raised tensions in the region, where U.S. Navy ships are a common presence and serve in part as a show of force. The U.S. Pacific Command directed the carrier group, that includes the USS Carl Vinson, to sail north to the western Pacific after departing Singapore on Saturday, April 8, according to a Navy news release. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

The US Navy sent a group of warships toward North Korea amid international tension

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We're hopeful that we can work together with the Chinese to change the conditions in the minds of the DPRK leadership.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

UPDATE 9:55 a.m. EST:

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" China agreed with the Trump administration that "action has to be taken" regarding North Korea.


ORIGINAL STORY: The U.S. Navy has sent a group of carriers near North Korea after a series of missile tests and provocations from Kim Jong-Un's dictatorship. 

The goal is to "maintain readiness" during North Korea's huge military parade to mark the 105th birthday of founding leader Kim Il Sung on April 15 and the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Korean People's Army on April 25, The Washington Post reports.

North Korea has ramped up missile tests in recent months.

We will bolster up in every way our capability for self-defense to cope with the U.S.'s ever-more reckless moves for war ...
North Korean statement

North Korea condemned the U.S.'s recent strikes on Syria but insisted the U.S.'s actions justified its nuclear pursuits.

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson sails out of San Diego Harbor as it leaves for a nine month deployment Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

The U.S. strike force includes the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and two guided-missile destroyers. It had originally been bound for Australia before receiving new orders. 

FILE - This combination of two 2016 file photos shows, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, talking with President Barack Obama at White House in Washington, U.S.A. on Nov. 10, and China's President Xi Jinping arriving at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 22. Chinese leaders are meeting to set economic goals for 2017 amid pressure from Trump and European governments over trade and market access. The Economic Work Conference, attended by Xi and other Communist Party leaders, which began Wednesday, Dec. 14, is a throwback to China’s era of central planning but still plays a key role in directing economic development. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Luis Hidalgo, Files)
FILE - This combination of two 2016 file photos shows, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, left, talking with President Barack Obama at White House in Washington, U.S.A. on Nov. 10, and China's President Xi Jinping arriving at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 22. Chinese leaders are meeting to set economic goals for 2017 amid pressure from Trump and European governments over trade and market access. The Economic Work Conference, attended by Xi and other Communist Party leaders, which began Wednesday, Dec. 14, is a throwback to China’s era of central planning but still plays a key role in directing economic development. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Luis Hidalgo, Files)

The office of acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said he had "in-depth discussions" with President Trump regarding North Korea during Trump's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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WATCH | Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said "all options are on the table" to curb North Korea, including military options. 

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