All 100 Senators Invited To White House For North Korea Briefing

US military vehicle moves past banners opposing a plan to deploy an advanced USA missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, as South Korean police officers stand guard in Seongju, South. Images showed local protesters hurling water bottles at the vehicles and police trying to block them. The guided-missile submarines provide the Navy with unprecedented strike and special operation mission capabilities from a stealthy, clandestine platform.

Earlier, the top United States commander in the Pacific defended the deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.

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

After briefing senators at the White House, top United States officials said President Donald Trump also aimed to pursue diplomatic measures with allies and regional partners.

Trump's Defense Secretary James Mattis made an unannounced visit to Kabul Monday to meet with Afghan government officials and was due to brief Trump later in the day.

Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss the "urgent security challenge" posed by North Korea in a phone call, the White House says.

The White House says increased activity around North Korea should not be over-interpreted and is "not a part of something choreographed".

A sixth North Korean nuclear test has been anticipated for some months now.

On Tuesday, North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around the eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military.

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Adm. Harry Harris commander of U.S. South Korean Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn meantime ordered the military to strengthen its "immediate response posture" to prepare for a North Korean threat today.

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

"However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies", the three top Trump administration officials said in a statement. But the administration's statement after briefing senators - all 100 members were invited - outlined a similar approach to the Obama administration's focus on pressuring Pyongyang to return to long-stalled denuclearization talks.

"We remain open to negotiations towards that goal". He said North Korea a global threat and "a problem that we have to finally solve" while calling on the U.N. Security Council to impose new sanctions.

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

Journalists pointed out that all of Flynn's calls were made as a representative of Trump, and that it was the transition team's responsibility to properly investigate the background of an individual who would have access to the nation's highest-level intelligence secrets.

"We are very proud and the president is very proud of what he's been able to accomplish in the first 100 days ... but we also want to start talking about the next 100 days", Spicer said.

"I think it's important for both China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan to realize that the United States has resources and will deploy them and will make every effort to make an appropriate diplomatic resolution to this problem", Sen.


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