Entire Senate invited to White House for classified briefing on North Korea from Mattis, Tillerson and top military and intelligence officials

Monday, April 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

All 100 senators have been invited to unusual classified briefing at the White House on danger of North Korea
Defense secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will speak along with Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and Director of National Intelligence
Meeting on Wednesday comes amid tensions mounting between U.S. and reclusive dictatorship run by Kim Jong-Un
Classified briefings are usually held in the Capitol briefing not the White House

DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
DAILYMAIL.COM
24 April 2017

US defense leaders and other top officials will give a classified briefing on North Korea to all senators in an unusual meeting at the White House, the Pentagon said Monday.

The briefing will be conducted Wednesday by Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joe Dunford, who is America’s top officer and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

They ‘will be briefing all senators on the current strategic situation with regards to North Korea,’ Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said.

While lawmakers often receive classified briefings, these are usually conducted in secure rooms in the Capitol building and not at the White House.

The briefing comes at a time of soaring tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

An official North Korean website warned Monday that Pyongyang will ‘wipe out’ the United States if Washington starts a war on the peninsula, the latest tit-for-tat saber-rattling between the two countries.

The United States has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson to the western Pacific, and observers say North Korea appears to be readying a sixth nuclear test.

US officials have warned that ‘all options are on the table’ in dealing with the North Korean threat but have so far relied on China to rein in its unpredictable ally.

There are 100 senators. It was not immediately known if all of them were expected to attend Wednesday’s meeting, which is taking place at 3pm EST.

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