President Trump has invited all 100 senators to attend a classified meeting at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the growing threat of North Korea.
Originally scheduled to take place in a secured room at the Capitol, Trump has since moved the meeting to the more highly secure Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s auditorium in the White House. The top secret informational meeting will take placed at 3 p.m.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will be present at the meeting. Tillerson said in a recent CBS “Face the Nation” interview that Trump and Chinese President Xi agree that the situation in North Korea “has intensified and has reached a certain level of threat [such] that action has to be taken.”
In the past 24 hours, Pyongyang has initiated a live-fire drill involving 400 artillery pieces, according to a Reuters report. Japan has confirmed that Pyongyang may be capable of launching a missile tipped with sarin nerve gas, tempting cities like Tokyo to rehearse evacuation drills.
Likewise, Washington will also begin reviewing similar evacuation procedures in the case of an attack. “It’s their choice,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, a top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I hope that we hear their policy as to what their objectives are, and how we can accomplish that, hopefully, without dropping bombs.”
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