Full Senate called for briefing on North Korea amid escalating tensions

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The White House is calling for a rare briefing involving all 100 U.S. senators on Wednesday regarding the contentious North Korea situation as the country’s missile tests pose a “real threat to the world,” said Trump.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the upcoming briefing will take place at the White House and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the one who convened it.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats plan to provide the update to lawmakers.

The briefing was confirmed after Trump spoke by phone with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, and criticized North Korea’s “continued belligerence.” Abe later told reporters that Trump “has indicated by his words and actions that all possible options are on the table.”

During a separate phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday, Trump discussed “the urgent security challenge posed by North Korea,” according to the White House.

Fox News reports that U.S. satellites have shown increased activity at North Korea’s nuclear missile testing site, while Kim Jong-un threatens that preparation for an ICBM launch is in its “final stage.”

Subsequently, Trump’s recent rhetoric about North Korea has expressed concern that “North Korea is a big world problem,” and that “people have put blinders on for decades.”

H/T: Market Watch

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