All senators were invited to a closed-door briefing about military preparations which are being put in place in case the U.S. decides to take action against North Korea.
A senior administration official made the announcement, saying that “unacceptable and erratic and unlawful behavior of the Kim Jong Un regime,” poses a threat.
“What you’ve seen is a really integrated effort to prioritize diplomatic and informational aspects of national power, but also what you will see soon is using the economic dimension of national power, as well as the military preparations that are underway,” said the official in regard to the Trump administration’s response to the unpredictable dictatorship.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
All 100 senators were invited to attend a rare, closed-door briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis at the White House Wednesday so the administration could communicate “the seriousness of the threat posed by North Korea.” An official who briefed reporters next door while it was underway said North Korea is a “brutal, unpredictable and capable regime that possesses an increasing possibility of destruction.”
“What we are endeavoring to do is work with partners in the region and others to isolate the North Korean ballistic missile program and the nuclear program from any sort of external support,” the official continued.
The official refused to describe the preparations “in any detail,” only saying that the U.S. is ready to react to provocation.