Senators head to "commander in chief's house" for North Korea briefing

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US President Donald Trump aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear and missile programs through economic sanctions and diplomatic measures, top US officials said in a rare joint statement Wednesday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The meeting will be attended by some of Trump's top cabinet members, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson-who will chair the meeting- and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said he and fellow Republican John McCain had dinner with Trump on Monday and discussed North Korea.

Press reports on Tuesday said a USA guided-missile submarine has arrived in South Korea, as diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo Tuesday to discuss the growing threat from the north.

"There is not a pretty military solution here", Cardin said.

U.S commercial satellite images indicated an increase in activity around North Korea's nuclear test site and South Korea's defense ministry said North Korea could conduct "provocations" at any time.

And on Wednesday, South Korea started installing key parts of a contentious US missile defense system against North Korean missiles that also has sparked Chinese and Russian concerns.

A sixth North Korean nuclear test has been anticipated for some months now. The USS Michigan submarine docked Tuesday in South Korea just as the North carried out major live-fire exercises to mark the anniversary of the foundation of the isolated nation's military. "But we will take strong punitive action that the North could not bear if it pushes ahead with one despite the warning".

America's Pacific forces commander, Adm. Harry Harris Jr., told Congress on Wednesday the system would be operational within days.

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"If it flies, it will die", Harris said.

"The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula", the Trump administration said.

Just hours before the rare briefing, the top United States commander in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, testified in Congress that Washington may need to strengthen its missile defences, particularly in Hawaii, given Pyongyang's threat.

He argued that all options remained on the table, saying that "we want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees".

"Working with China for the first time - they have really been our partner in trying to make sure that we hold him at bay, and I think it's a new day when you've got China and the United States working together on a statement to condemn North Korea", Ms Haley said.

"China is the key to this", said Sen. "Our government is continuing a close cooperation with the United States against North Korea, based on a common awareness of the urgency and gravity of this issue". His spokesman, Mark Toner, said Wednesday that another tactic is getting nations around the world to close down North Korean embassies and consulates, or suspending them from worldwide organizations. SANCTUARY CITIES A US judge blocks Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement.

Twenty-nine Chinese steel companies' licenses have been revoked as Beijing keeps up its campaign to tackle overcapacity in the sector and days after Trump said he would open a probe into cheap exports of the metal from China and elsewhere.

"The system is a defensive system that will help protect South Korea from ballistic missile attacks from North Korea", Harris said. It vowed victory in a "death-defying struggle against the US imperialists".

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