The Trump administration has asked the entire US Senate to the White House for a briefing on North Korea that will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

The senators will be briefed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.

Not to mention that the Senate will be meeting with those four top officials.

During a White House lunch with ambassadors of United Nations Security Council member states on Monday, the US president called unacceptable the "status quo in North Korea". He stayed on message - he was in front of the cameras to apologize, he came across as very honest, and he showed, and possibly learned, that is it OK in Washington to admit you are human and are flawed.

Pyongyang had been suspected of planning a new nuclear trial to coincide with the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army on Tuesday.

Senators said they were happy to be hearing from the White House.

It is uncertain how far the Chinese are willing to go to help the US block North Korea's nuclear program.

"This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not". "By 2020, if nothing changes inside of North Korea, they'll have the technology, they'll have a breakthrough, to develop an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) that can reach America".

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President Donald Trump also spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about North Korea's risky behavior on Monday.

The comments came after Trump made his latest round of separate telephone calls to the leaders of Japan, China and Germany to discuss concerns about North Korea. This could point to this week being the time that the Trump Administration intends to "solve" North Korea, as they've long threatened.

North Korea also announced this weekend they are "ready to sink" the USS Vinson aircraft carrier that will arrive in the region within the next few days.

In recent weeks, Washington has expressed mounting concerns at Kim Jong-un's ambitions to develop nuclear warheads capable of striking the United States mainland.

"It was an open dialogue very much of the members wanting to hear from the President what his plans are, what he was going to continue to do on Syria or not continue to do, North Korea, all those issues are certainly at the forefront", said Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, after the session. China has expressed fears that President Donald Trump could decide unilaterally to launch an attack against North Korea to thwart Kim Jong-Un's nuclear ambition.

Meanwhile, a third US citizen was detained Friday by North Korean authorities as he was about to leave the country.

China, North Korea's sole major ally, has in turn been angered by Pyongyang's belligerence, as well as its nuclear and missile programs.


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