When it comes to international conflict, keeping Congress in the know is a must, which is why officials from the Trump administration are briefing the House and Senate on Afghanistan and North Korea today.
Rex Tillerson, Jim Mattis, Gen. Joe Dunford, and Dan Coats are expected to take questions, and Senator Joe Donnelly (Democrat) will propose an amendment to Act S. 1519 (115), which will require the administration to formulate a strategy for North Korea, with a 90-day deadline.
Following North Korea’s claim that a hydrogen bomb was tested, Trump tweeted that both South Korea and Japan will be able to purchase increased amounts of United States military equipment—the increase could amount to many billions of dollars.
According to the New York Times, the shock wave produced from North Korea’s latest nuclear test was six to eight times larger than the shockwave produced by the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The Associated Press reported that the U.N. secretary-general warned that the nuclear crisis between North Korea and the U.S. must be resolved with diplomacy. Next Tuesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will meet for a hearing on “Sanctions, Diplomacy, and Information: Pressuring North Korea.” During the hearing, Susan Thornton—Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific affairs—and the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Marshall Billingslea, are expected to testify.
Image Source: By yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Mansudae Grand Monument, Pyongyang, North Korea) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons