White House to host private briefing on North Korea

Posted April 28, 2017

(Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Z.A. Landers/U.S. Navy via AP).

United States President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters near the Korean Peninsula.

Top Trump administration officials will hold a rare White House briefing on Wednesday for the entire Senate on the North Korean situation, senior Senate aides say.

"That's why we called for a protest at 2:00 on Wednesday at the White House, so senators can see people outside saying "No" to war with North Korea", Griffin added. It made no specific mention of military options, though it said the USA would defend itself and friends.

But it certainly reflected the increased American alarm over North Korea's progress in developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US mainland.

"As the leadership of North Korea speaks and behaves in a more and more aggressive and threatening way, I do think it's appropriate for us to ensure that we have the resources in the region to defend both the 30,000 American troops on the Korean Peninsula, the almost 300,000 Americans on the Korean Peninsula, and our vital allies - both South Korea and Japan", Coons continued.

While tensions have increased since Trump took office, they've escalated dramatically in recent weeks as American and other intelligence agencies suggested the North was readying for a possible nuclear test.

North Korea, meanwhile, held live-fire military drills to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military.

THAAD has, however, proved controversial in South Korea, where protesters are anxious that it makes their country more of a target.

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Admiral Harris told congressmen the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system would be operational "in coming days".

"If it flies, it will die", Harris said.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the administration should be telling senators it had a "red line", if it has one. "And if China and North Korea both believe that President Trump will never allow that to happen, then you have a chance to peacefully solve this", he said.

"China is the key to this", said Sen.

Earnest, who served as press secretary under former U.S. President Barack Obama, spoke on Sunday at George Washington University to CNN reporter, Dana Bash.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the United States is not looking for a fight with North Korea and would not attack the country, unless its leader "gives us reason to do something". SANCTUARY CITIES A USA judge blocks Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement.

"With every test, Kim Jong Un moves closer to his stated goal of a pre-emptive nuclear strike capability against American cities, and he's not afraid to fail in public".

Twenty-nine Chinese steel companies' licenses have been revoked as Beijing keeps up its campaign to tackle overcapacity in the sector and days after Trump said he would open a probe into cheap exports of the metal from China and elsewhere.

"The fearless artillerymen mercilessly and satisfactorily hit the targets and the gunshots were very correct, he said, adding that they showed well the volley of gunfire of our a-match-for-a-hundred artillery force giving merciless punishment to the hostile forces", KCNA said.