Entire US Senate Called to White House for Briefing on North Korea

Caroline Beck
April 26, 2017

House aides said they were working with the White House to set a similar briefing for members of the House of Representatives.

During a White House lunch with ambassadors of United Nations Security Council member states on Monday, the USA president called unacceptable the "status quo in North Korea".

Further, U.S. intelligence showed increased activity near North Korea's nuclear test site and Kim Jong Un claimed preparation for a nuclear test is in its "final stage".

Japan's envoy on North Korea, Kenji Kanasugi, said after talks with his USA and South Korean counterparts that they all agreed China should take a concrete role to resolve the crisis and it could use an oil embargo as a tool to press the North.

A White House spokesman said Monday that he is "very confident" Congress would pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown this week, but cautioned that there are no guarantees.

Corker noted that a "miscalculation in the region" would bring in China, Russia South Korea, and Japan: "So we've got to be very careful as we move ahead". "We will maintain close contact with the United States, maintain a high level of vigilance and firmly respond". "I hope this president will say that's a non-starter", Mr Graham said.

China's call came in a phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump on Sunday.

Washington has become increasingly concerned at North Korean missile and nuclear tests and threats to its neighbours and the US. "And it's one of the reasons why you've seen administration officials talking so candidly about our concerns and about the fact that the time for strategic patience and that policy is over".

"It was an open dialogue very much of the members wanting to hear from the President what his plans are, what he was going to continue to do on Syria or not continue to do, North Korea, all those issues are certainly at the forefront", said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, after the session.

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"They will screw with you", the correspondent was reportedly told.

South Korea's Defense Ministry said it could not immediately confirm the report. He provided no additional details.

"There is no limit to the strike power of the People's Army armed with our style of cutting-edge military equipment including various precision and miniaturized nuclear weapons and submarine-launched ballistic missiles", the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a front-page editorial.

Such threats are common from the reclusive state.

On Tuesday, North Korea will celebrate the founding of its military, a major holiday in the country.

Trump and Abe agreed to urge North Korea to refrain from provocative actions. It has been suggested on Chinese media that Beijing could also halt crude oil exports to its neighbor to force it to capitulate.

Two former US officials, intelligence director James Clapper and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, will testify next month in a Senate investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, the Senate Judiciary Committee says.

The state department appeared unaware on Monday that Mr Tillerson would be delivering the briefing.

North Korea last month bought from its powerful neighbour some $29.1 million of electrical appliances and components, $21.5 million of plastics and manufactured components, and $23.9 million of synthetic fibers - most of which go back across the border in the form of finished clothes.

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