>> And I have to say->> President Donald Trump raising the stakes on North Korea Monday, telling visiting members of the United Nations security council, it's time to take the blindfolds off and slap new sanctions on Pyongyang over its missile and nuclear programs.>> The status quo in North Korea is also unacceptable.
This is a real threat to the world, whether we want to talk about it or not.>> Trump also seeking action from Congress. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will hold a rare briefing at the White House Wednesday, with the entire 100 member Senate for an update on North Korea.
Over the weekend, Pyongyang continued its threats to the United States saying it was ready to sink U.S. carrier USS Carl Vincent now heading toward the Korean peninsula. And on Saturday, North Korea detained a U.S. citizen as he attempted to leave the country, pushing tensions higher between the two countries.
Trump has been turning up the heat on China to reign in Pyongyang after a recent series of missile tests and amid fears it may be preparing a sixth nuclear test. In a telephone call with Trump over the weekend, Chinese president Xi Jiping called for all sides to exercise restraint, saying Beijing would oppose any actions that ran counter to UN resolutions.
Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, also called on North Korea to show restraint, sending two Japanese destroyers to join the U.S. carrier group in a show of solidarity.