Entire US Senate To Go To White House For North Korea Briefing

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Top Trump administration officials plan to hold a briefing at the White House on Wednesday about the situation in North Korea - and all 100 members of the U.S. Senate are invited.

Chinese imports from North Korea fell 35 percent month-on-month in March, according to official figures released Tuesday, after Beijing suspended coal purchases to punish its nuclear-armed neighbour for missile tests.

During Monday's White House briefing, CBS News Correspondent Major Garrett noted that Trump had failed to keep his promises to the American people in the first 100 days of his presidency.

It was White House director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferre who told reporters that their phones must be kept outside the Roosevelt Room, as it's a SCIF, a Hill newspaper source said. Xi Jinping also urged Washington to "maintain close contacts" with Beijing as way of managing the tensions.

Trump administration officials, however, downplayed any suggestion that holding the meeting on the White House campus was meant to convey any particular message. "The two leaders reaffirmed the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, and committed to strengthen coordination in achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

"That is their meeting, so we're not there to talk strategy". North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and its pursuit of long-range missile technology has drawn deep criticism from much of the worldwide community, and Trump responded by dispatching a group of warships, including the Nimitz-class supercarrier Carl Vinson, raising fears that the USA may take military action.

"They'll print what they want anyways, so we may as well have fun", a White House employee reportedly told the conservative activist in Ben Schreckinger and Hadas Gold's account of the administration's misinformation games.

"North Korea is a big world problem and it's a problem we have to finally solve".

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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.

North Korea conducts a big live-fire exercise to mark the anniversary of its military's founding as a US submarine docks in South Korea in a show of force.

"We believe China has a very, very important role to play", said the USA envoy for North Korea policy, Joseph Yun.

In recent weeks, Washington has expressed mounting concerns at Kim Jong-un's ambitions to develop nuclear warheads capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

North Korea also announced this weekend they are "ready to sink" the USS Vinson aircraft carrier that will arrive in the region within the next few days. China has expressed fears that President Donald Trump could decide unilaterally to launch an attack against North Korea to thwart Kim Jong-Un's nuclear ambition.

It is speculated by analysts in Washington and Beijing that China is threatening to cut crude oil supplies to its impoverished neighbor should it conduct another nuclear test.

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said those meetings called by US officials clearly reflected the U.S.