Donald Trump summons entire Senate to White House briefing on North Korea

North Korea, meanwhile, threatened to sink the aircraft carrier and launch a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike" against what it called USA aggression.

In what Reuters and Fox News call a "rare" move, four top officials in President Trump's administration will brief the entire US Senate on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, US General Joe Dunford and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats staged the briefing for the senators at a building close to the White House.

"With each provocation, North Korea jeopardises stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the U.S. homeland", the three top officials Tillerson, Mattis and Coats said in a joint statement after the meeting.

Trump said the Security Council must be prepared to impose additional and stronger sanctions on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. An unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said the US administration's policy to maximize pressure on North Korea was "little short of lighting the fuse of total war", the state news agency reported Tuesday.

"The two leaders reaffirmed the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, and committed to strengthen coordination in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"We remain open to negotiations towards that goal".

Spicer said, as Garrett protested.

Other Senate leadership staffers signalled that most, if not all, senators in both parties are expected to attend the White House briefing, The Washington Post reported.

At the same time, they differed on partisan lines on the context and importance of the briefing.

The nation's top military and diplomatic officials will update the senators this afternoon, where President Trump plans to drop by. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "If not, we will solve the problem without them!"

"That meeting is a Senate meeting led by Leader McConnell, just utilizing our space", White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.




Trump has made China central to his strategy in dealing with North Korea, but Xi's admonition reflected the tensions blanketing the region.

Trump is on the verge of making a decision on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan following a comprehensive review of U.S. strategy, according to a senior U.S. official, who declined to speculate when precisely Trump would announce his decision.

Trump's administration has adopted a "constructive" approach to NAFTA behind the scenes, despite headlines to the contrary, the head of the biggest USA business lobby says in a speech in Mexico City.

"We either deal with this over the next two or three years or we've got to realize that we ourselves are held, to a degree, hostage", Corker, a Tennessee Republican, told the Knoxville News Sentinel editorial board last week.

"I think the President is sending a signal that this is important", Cornyn said.

So far, North Korea has remained defiant.

Seoul held a large annual drill of its own, involving some 100 artillery pieces, 90 armored vehicles and 50 aircraft, as well as 2,000 South Korean and United States troops, the defense ministry said.

"Some of the economic actions take time to develop".

"This is the strongest-ever USA move related to the North Korean nuclear issue".

He says Hawaii is clearly vulnerable right now, adding that more may need to be done to protect the island state.

Although the statement emphasised diplomacy, Democratic senator Christopher Coons said after the White House briefing that military options were discussed.

A 30-minute call (Sunday evening US time/Monday morning in Asia) between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meant to increase pressure on Pyongyang not to engage in further provocative actions, but was not prompted by any significant change in the situation, according to officials in Tokyo. "We want to bring Kim Jong-Un to his senses, not to his knees".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Birthday boy Judge, Severino carry Yankees past Red Sox, 3-1
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:54
Reigning AL Cy Young victor Rick Porcello lost his third straight start, giving up three runs - two earned - in 6 2/3 innings. Quintana earned his first win of the season after allowing only one earned run and scattering five hits over six innings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cassini phones home after dive between Saturn and rings
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:51
NASA's Cassini orbiter zoomed inside Saturn's rings overnight for the first time in its 20-year-long flight - and lived to tell about it.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top YouTuber manages to test 3D virtual reality video on Nintendo Switch
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:48
All of the Switch sales hinge on whether Nintendo can keep the Switch in stock at retail stores, which it's struggle to do. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has explained in a new interview the company hopes its Nintendo NX console is a bigger hit.

Teams using dogs, drones to look for missing Joliet toddler
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:45
The case is considered to be a missing child case and Semaj's family is fully cooperating with detectives, Ackerman said. Sources said the Department of Children and Family Services visited Semaj's home Tuesday before she disappeared.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Offer Made For Aaron Hernandez's North Attleboro Home
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:42
Hernandez family lawyer George Leontire confirmed Hernandez's estate received an offer for the 7,100-square-foot home on Ronald C. Army also said that Kennedy plans to personally address the nature of his relationship with Hernandez at a future date.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkish party to challenge election decision
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:38
The new system outlined under the constitutional changes will take full effect at the next election, slated for November 2019. A failed coup a year ago allowed him to turn up the heat on opposition voices in the run-up to Sunday's vote.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tornado warning issued for several Arkansas counties
Apr 28, 2017 - 01:31
More sunshine Friday into Saturday and Sunday will send temperatures soaring to as high as 90º in some areas. Windy conditions are expected to continue through the week ahead of a cold front on Friday and Saturday.

EPA seeks to derail cleanup of coal power plant pollution
Apr 27, 2017 - 03:06
Demetra Turner, 44, a resident of the West Calumet Housing Complex who has yet to leave, urged others to keep pressure on the EPA. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday visited East Chicago, Ind., where people have been living on toxic land for decades.

Turkey: 1000 detained over suspected links to Gulen
Apr 27, 2017 - 03:01
Turkey has detained over 1,000 suspects in a massive new crackdown on alleged supporters of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Bulls, not Celtics, look like the No. 1 seed
Apr 27, 2017 - 03:00
So now, after barely managing to sneak into the playoffs, the Chicago Bulls carry a 2-0 series lead as they head home to Chicago. It wasn't clear if he would play, but the announcement was made by the team's coach Brad Stevens on Sunday that he would.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fitbit data used as evidence in Ellington murder case
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:58
Officials in CT say the information from Connie Dabate's wearable contradicts the version of events given by her husband Richard. However, time stamps on the fitness device, coupled with CCTV footage, indicate his wife had been at a local gym until 9.18 am.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US may need to strengthen defenses against North Korea threat: Admiral
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:56
In light of that, he said, "I must assume that the Kim Jong Un's nuclear claims are true, I know his aspirations certainly are". At a House Armed Services Committee, Harris rejected reports that the Carl Vinson group is vulnerable to North Korean attacks.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amber Heard Moves On From Johnny Depp to Billionaire Elon Musk
Apr 27, 2017 - 02:52
Musk attended the premiere of Al Gore's upcoming documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power in California". Within months of filing for divorce from Depp, Heard supposedly became "smitten" with the South African-born Musk.

Saudi oil minister says production cuts may need to continue
Apr 26, 2017 - 09:16
June WTI, the new front-month, was changing hands around $50.74, 3 cents higher than its previous day's close. He has a deep understanding of market fundamentals and the impact of global events on capital markets.

Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan
Apr 26, 2017 - 09:00
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said Trump's tax plan will pay for itself by stimulating economic growth. The House Republican plan, championed by Ryan and Brady, proposed a 20 percent corporate tax rate.