Trump team to brief Senators on North Korea at White House

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"You have seen some early indications of China doing a better job enforcing existing United Nations sanctions on North Korea", the official said, adding there had also been a clear effort to communicate to North Korea in the Chinese press "that its nuclear tests, missile tests, the existence of these programs can't be tolerated". On the same day, a US guided-missile submarine docked in South Korea.

The USS Carl Vinson and its carrier strike group are also expected to arrive at the Korean Peninsula in the next few days, which now not only comes amid speculation about a test, but also the Senate meeting.

Trump convenes the entire Senate for an emergency meeting on the crisis with North Korea. With tensions between the USA and North Korea mounting, the gathering may have massive consequences for the region.

While the saber-rattlers keep up their pretenses and rhetoric, Beijing has taken a more diplomatic approach to North Korea, with a tone that warns strongly against violence in the region.

The United States began moving the first elements of the advanced missile defence system into South Korea in early March after the North test-launched four ballistic missiles.

"People put blindfolds on for decades and now it's time to solve the problem". About 500 protesters rallied, and 13 villagers and police officers were injured in scuffles and treated at hospitals, reportedly for broken bones, according to the Seongju fire department.

Geng said "China will firmly be taking necessary measures to defend our own interests" but offered no details.

"It s important to have economic, diplomatic pressure, but you have to have a credible military deterrent in order to achieve the results", he said.

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The isolationist state staged its largest-ever artillery firing drill on Tuesday morning to mark the date, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The Donald Trump administration is scheduled to hold rare briefings for the full US Congress on the president's policy toward North Korea amid rising tensions between the two countries.

"With every test, Kim Jong Un moves closer to his stated goal of a pre-emptive nuclear strike capability against American cities, and he's not afraid to fail in public".

Earnest, who served as press secretary under former U.S. President Barack Obama, spoke on Sunday at George Washington University to CNN reporter, Dana Bash.

"It s critical that we re guided by a strong sense of resolve, both privately and publicly, both diplomatically and militarily", Harris said in Washington.

But in a preview of his conversation with the President, Corker warned against rash USA action that could result in a full-blown crisis.

China objects to North Korea's weapons development and has called for a return to global negotiations, but U.S. officials have said Washington sees no value in talks until Pyongyang shows it is serious about denuclearization.

An unidentified mobile rocket lancher is displayed during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

The US President says "the status quo" is not acceptable and that the UN Security Council must be ready to impose new sanctions.

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