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>> President Donald Trump hosting the entire US Senate at the White House Wednesday for classified briefings on the situation with North Korea. In an unprecedented moved, the Senators bused from the Capitol by a President eager to show he's taking steps to deal with Kim Jong Un. Front and center is North Korea's recent threats, including against a US carrier group arriving in the region.
The strike force sent by Trump after a series of provocative missile tests and deeper concerns Pyongyang is on the way to having a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States. Trump needing buy in from Congress for any tougher moves he might consider, from stepped-up sanctions to potential military action, which the White House has not ruled out.
Asia reporter David Brunnstrom is following the story.>> I think essentially by briefing the entire Senate, they're trying to impress on the legislature the seriousness of the threat posed by North Korea. And the importance of making sure that the military is properly equipped and funded to defend against that.
>> Ahead of Wednesday's meeting, the US military moving into position THAAD missile defense systems to protect South Korea amid local protests.>> The adminstration has said repeatedly that all options are on the table, including the possibility of military strikes. But in reality, military strikes really are the last thing that the United States will want to do in North Korea because the danger of massive retaliation.
>> US Pacific Commander Admiral Harry Harris briefing lawmakers on THAAD in Washington on Wednesday.>> The Iraq US alliance decided last July to deploy THAAD, which will be operational in the coming days.>> Harris voicing worry over the reach of North Korean missiles and rejecting the notion Pyongyang's rhetoric is all a bluff.
>> I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea, or Japan, or the United States.>> Harris saying the Vincent carrier group is equipped to repel any attack. After briefing senators, White House officials heading directly to Capitol Hill to brief the entire membership of the House as well.