In view of escalating North Korean threats, President Donald Trump has invited all US senators to the White House for an urgent rare briefing on North Korea Wednesday to be given by Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats and Chairman of US chiefs of staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, It will be classified. Vice President Mike Pence has shortened his Asian tour to attend. Trump spoke Sunday with Chinese President Xi Jing and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.
Pyongyang has threatened to sink the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group which is on its way to the Korean peninsula along with two Japanese destroyers. Kim Jong-un is also apparently preparing a sixth nuclear test and an official North Korean website warned Monday that Pyongyang will "wipe out" the United States if Washington starts a war on the peninsula.