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Top U.S. officials to provide N. Korea briefing to all 100 senators

All News 06:10 April 22, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 21 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other top officials will provide a briefing on North Korea to all 100 senators at the White House next week, a news report said Friday.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joe Dunford and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will join Tillerson and Mattis in the briefing set for Wednesday, Politico reported, in a notice sent to Capitol Hill.

The briefing had been originally scheduled to take place at the Senate, but the location has since been rescheduled to the White House, the report said. No congressional staffers will be allowed in the briefing, it said.

The briefing appears to show the seriousness the Trump administration views the North Korea issue.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have sharply spiked in recent weeks as Washington and Pyongyang have rattled their sabers against each other, with the U.S. announcing it would send a massive aircraft carrier strike group to waters off the Korean Peninsula and the North responding with a missile launch attempt, even though it ended in failure.

The two sides have also engaged in a war of words, with American officials repeatedly saying that all options are on the table in an apparent reference to military strikes, and North Korean officials also churning out highly belligerent rhetoric.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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