Senators: White House Briefing on N.K. ‘Important’

WASHINGTON – Senators received a rare briefing at the White House on Wednesday from the President Trump’s national security team on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which has become one of the most pressing foreign policy challenges early on in the administration.

“Sobering briefing,” tweeted Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) after the briefing, hosted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. The President also briefly attended the event.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called it an “important” meeting. “We will never accept North Korea as a legitimate nuclear weapons power,” he tweeted.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told NBC News that North Korea’s “capacity is increasing and has increased significantly.”

After the meeting, Tillerson, Mattis, and Coats released a statement, calling North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons an “urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority”:

Today, along with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joe Dunford, we briefed members of Congress on the review. The president’s approach aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners.

The statement said the administration is “engaging responsible members of the international community” – a veiled reference to China – to increase pressure on North Korea to de-escalate and return to the “path of dialogue.”

The statement also emphasized that the U.S. favors diplomacy over military action, but added that it remained “prepared to defend” itself and allies.

The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal.  However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.

Just weeks after Trump took office, North Korea test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile, on February 11. The regime then launched four ballistic missiles on March 6. On April 5, it launched another missile.


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  • RidgeRunner22

    N. Korea has a large ground force. NOT a concern for the U.S. They CAN’T GET HERE! Their missile program is a joke & they have very few planes. Ships? We can see them coming. If we MUST send ground troops onto their soil; we’re screwed. As the Japanese did/do, they fight until the last man. Loss of American lives will be horrendous.

    • Ski

      Ur the joke!

  • David Renaud

    No ground troops in North Korea, just nuke them. The poor civilians are better dead than ruled by a tyrant. Let them elect a new president as a free country….. We will help them. Kim ung un is a JOKE………………..
    He must die !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wenda Kennedy

    We have several other options other than a conventional Strike. I’m sure that our military has looked at all of them and will pick out the best way to go. The little fat boy is using the US to scare his people into submission. And we have friend who knows the situation, and he says that the US is hold the S. Koreans back from over running the north. As long as we’re in a stand-off, Kim can use that position to keep his power domestically and buy himself time to develop his nuke program. There is no good answer here. War with Kim means that we wipe them off of the map, BUT thousands of our friends and servicemen could die in the process. The capital city of S. Korea is only about 30 miles from the border zone. Ignoring Kim is also just as dangerous. If and when he develops the nukes, Iran will have them the next morning. No, there are no easy answers.


    NK and Kim need to be treated seriously. Yes, we do have the capabilities to “glass” NK. But the population is innocent — AND impotent. I hope with China’s and Russia’s help, we all can bring about a change in power and a reduction in pressure, for everyone’s sake. Increase sanctions. Cut them off. Get some agents in who can get some “special things” done. South Korea and Japan are at risk if this baby ruler is allowed to remain. There’s probably some genetics going on there, and he CAN be dangerous.

  • xpmark1

    No more wars of attrition where our ground soldiers are “expendable” as in Vietnam to avoid using nuclear weapons.If NK develops an ICBM capable of hitting Hawaii or any US mainland state.then we must hit them with whatever it takes to knock out their missile program and end their will to fight against SK.