Entire US Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing

Justin Greene
April 26, 2017

The White House announced Monday that it would host an unusual private briefing on North Korea for the entire Senate, prompting questions from lawmakers about whether the Trump administration intends to use the event as a photo op ahead of its 100-day mark.

The senators will be briefed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. Top administration officials usually go to Capitol Hill to brief Congress on foreign policy matters and national security issues.

The only problem: Trump isn't officially confirmed to attend the session, which will bring almost all 100 senators to an auditorium on the White House campus for an update from top administration officials.

Indeed, on Monday, the United States and South Korea expressed that no more missile or nuclear tests would be tolerated, comments that suggest tensions could literally blow up into all-out war at any moment.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing, for all 100 senators, on Monday.

The Trump has been acting like they desperately want to be a war White House.

It follows a lunch meeting Mr Trump held with ambassadors from United Nations member states on the security council on Monday where he emphasised USA resolve to stop North Korea's progress.

China's president, Xi Jinping, called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during his phone call with President Donald Trump Monday morning.

"We believe China has a very, very important role to play", said the USA envoy for North Korea policy, Joseph Yun. On the anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army, North Korea's armed forces conducted large-scale artillery drills near the eastern port city of Wonsan.

Washington is concerned that Pyongyang may develop the ability to place a nuclear bomb on a missile capable of reaching the US.

Trump has taken a hardline stance against North Korea since taking office in January, repeatedly vowing to "solve the problem" of Pyongyang.

Washington says a flotilla, led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, is expected to arrive off the peninsula within days, despite conflicting messages last week on its exact whereabouts. He emphasized that the meeting plan had been convened by Senate leadership and that the White House was serving "as the location".

China, North Korea's sole major ally, has in turn been angered by Pyongyang's belligerence, as well as its nuclear and missile programs.

Spicers comments came hours after US President Donald Trump called for additional sanctions on North Korea. It has been suggested on Chinese media that Beijing could also halt crude oil exports to its neighbor to force it to capitulate.

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