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Entire Senate Called To White House For North Korea Briefing Amid Rising Tensions

April 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has invited the entire Senate to the White House on Wednesday, April 26th, to be briefed on the escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced the briefing on Monday, and noted that it was technically called by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. The rare gathering of senators in this manner will feature briefings from top intelligence officials, to include Secretary Of Defense James Mattis, Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson and General Joseph Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“It’s (the location) their choice,” Senator Ben Cardin told Reuters. “I hope that we hear their policy as to what their objectives are, and how we can accomplish that hopefully without dropping bombs.”

Reuters also spoke with congressional aides who said that the White House was trying to schedule a similar briefing for the House of Representatives for a future date.

South Korea and the United States have been carefully monitoring the movements of the North Korean military, as the North is celebrating the 85th anniversary of their military this week. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said that his nuclear ICBM missile is in its final stages of preparation, and many fear that future test launches could be a way to highlight North Korean military prowess.