Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Some grumbling before the all-senators North Korea briefing


USA politicians have been seeking a clear strategy from the White House following repeated missile tests by North Korea and rising fears it could conduct a sixth nuclear bomb test - but many senators left Mr Trump's briefing dissatisfied.

While administration officials typically travel to the Capitol to brief lawmakers on national security issues, this time the entire Senate will hop on a bus to the White House where the four top officials will meet them at 3 p.m. EDT (1900 GMT).

In a separate meeting with U.N. Security Council Ambassadors Monday, President Trump said "The status quo in North Korea is... unacceptable". Christopher Coons, D-Del., said after the White House briefing.

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Trump warned that the world has "put blindfolds on for decades" on North Korea and should place tougher sanctions on the isolated Stalinist nation. "Obviously an assessment of what could be the greatest threat that we've faced since the Cuban Missile Crisis - I think its very helpful to hear from the president of the United States".

"Today's briefing signals President Trump's willingness to engage and inform both Republicans and Democrats in Congress of the increasing risk posed by North Korea".

US Defense Secretary James Mattis (center) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford (right) depart after briefing members of the US Senate on North Korea at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

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.

On Wednesday, South Korea started installing key parts of a contentious USA missile defense system that also has sparked Chinese and Russian concerns.

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The USS Michigan, a nuclear-powered submarine, arrived Tuesday at the South Korean port of Busan for what was described as a routine visit to rest crew and load supplies.

Still, North Korea remains defiant despite mounting pressure from the Trump administration and, increasingly, China, to stop its missile program.

"Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S nuclear=powered aircraft carrier with a single strike", Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers party said in a commentary.

"He's not going to let this nut-job in North Korea develop a missile with a nuclear weapon on top to hit America", Graham said, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Hours before Wednesday's briefings, the top US commander in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, testified in Congress that the United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses given the North Korean threat.

"North Korea is a big world problem, and it's a problem we have to finally solve", the president added.

Spiering tweeted. He also said Assad's regime "duped" the Obama administration into thinking they got rid of chemical weapons.

President Trump's plans to fund a border wall between the USA and Mexico, while cutting spending on numerous other domestic services, threatens to stall the process, even as it involves a Republican-controlled Congress.

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