US, North Korea face off in high-stakes game of chicken

All 100 USA senators will gather Wednesday for a White House briefing on the volatility in North Korea.

All 100 senators, who are more used to meeting on Capitol Hill, have been invited to the President's official residence by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

North Korea's drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula. The U.S. 7th Fleet said two American destroyers were conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from South Korea and Japan.

According to reports, North Korea has identified Darwin, Australia, as a target for nuclear war, as US troops have been assembling in the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory.

The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy THAAD in response to the threat of missile launches by North Korea but China says it will do little to deter the North while destabilizing the regional security balance.

The moves to set up THAAD within this year have angered not only North Korea, but also China, the country that the Trump administration hopes to work with to rid the North of nuclear weapons.

Its deployment was met with threats by the North Koreans.

"This visit is yet another example of the steadfast ROK and U.S. naval partnership", said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea in a statement.

An official from Seoul's Defence Ministry couldn't confirm such details.

The comments are sure to ratchet up tensions again as North Korea pushes ahead with its ballistic missile program.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken offers to resign
In his defence, he added that "We are the biggest gainer in vote share, you can't expect us to come back overnight". Maken announced his decision to step down at an impromptu presser.

The White House says increased activity around North Korea should not be over-interpreted and is "not a part of something choreographed". Its deployment is not part of the Vinson strike group, but its presence in the area is meant to send a message to North Korea, a U.S. Defense Department official told ABC News.

The administration ordered the USS Carl Vinson strike group, which includes an aircraft carrier and three warships, to return to the waters off the divided peninsula.

North Korea is pushing on with its ballistic missile programme, is believed to be preparing a sixth nuclear weapons test and has detained a USA citizen - the third to be held in the country.

Trump skipped calling Seoul during his phone conversations with his counterparts in Beijing and Tokyo on Sunday over the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program.

In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious US missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power.

Some analysts voiced concerns Trump was backing himself into a corner with his fierce rhetoric on North Korea, leading both countries to a point where "bad things are going to happen".

As Tuesday's military exercises with South Korea and Japan show, the United States is remaining in lock-step with its allies in the region.

Fears have risen in recent weeks that North Korea could conduct another nuclear test or long-range missile launch, in defiance of United Nations sanctions. The key, Graham added, is to make North Korea realize there's a "new sheriff in town".

Trump has intimated that he is willing to ramp up USA military pressure on North Korea while simultaneously encouraging China to use its influence on its ally and reject bilateral diplomacy with Pyongyang.

Recommended News

  • Pressure of top spot has not got to me, insists defeated Murray

    The 10th-ranked Tsonga led 3-0 in the first set, but then struggled with the good mix of baseline shots and slices from Mannarino. Murray tried to be philosophical about it afterwards: 'I'm disappointed to lose from the position that I was in, ' he admitted.

    Japanese Ships Join US Carrier En Route to Korean Peninsula

    As tension continues to mount recent satellite imagery shows North Korea could be gearing up for a sixth round of nuclear tests. Envoys on the North Korean nuclear issue from the United States, South Korea and Japan are due to meet in Tokyo on Tuesday.

    US President Donald Trump Calls International Space Station To Congratulate Astronaut's Achievement

    Whitson is also the first woman to command the space station twice and the only woman to have led NASA's astronaut corps. Upon her return in September, she would have logged 666 days in space - over the course of three missions.
  • Mid Transfer Window in IPL

    This move is hailed as a major boost to the IPL and will add value to the tournament helping the franchise model evolve. The transfer of a particular player will only take place if there is a demand from another franchise for the player.
    Amazing features on Google Maps

    Amazing features on Google Maps

    Add a parking lot or garage to your destination Google Maps can direct you straight to your chosen parking lot or garage. Create your own custom map You can create your own custom map with places that matter to you or your favourite places.
    Gareth Widdop: England stand-off ruled out of Samoa Test through injury

    Gareth Widdop: England stand-off ruled out of Samoa Test through injury

    When Pearce bobbled and then regained the ball over the line for a try, the Roosters had the lead for the first time in the game. The turning point in the game came just 90 second before the break when Widdop was taken from the field with a left knee injury.
  • Nebraska Lawmakers show support for new Secretary of Agriculture

    He became the first Republican Governor in over 135 years in our state of Georgia, just 15 years ago.He served two terms. Perdue eventually said he would step down from several companies bearing his name to avoid conflicts of interest.
    Nasdaq hits 6000 level for first time

    Nasdaq hits 6000 level for first time

    Better-than-expected profits at McDonald'sMCD.N and CaterpillarCAT.N helped the Dow outperform other major Wall Street indexes. The index traded at an intraday record Tuesday morning of 6,022, up almost 40 percent.

    Sean Spicer celebrates Easter with White House bunny

    Addressing attendees Monday morning from the White House's south portico, Trump congratulated his wife on organizing the event. The smaller children also received visits from several Easter bunnies, along with Elmo from Sesame Street, Peppa Pig and Dr.
  • Russell Investments Group Ltd. Purchases Shares of 39511 Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN)

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. Purchases Shares of 39511 Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN)

    Achillion's odalasvir, an NS5A inhibitor, is being developed by J&J's Janssen Pharmaceuticals under a May 2015 global agreement. Finally, SECOR Capital Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals by 155.6% in the third quarter.

    NASA Says Saturn's Moon Has "The Ingredients Necessary For a Habitable Environment"

    NASA says their new evidence shows the most likely places to find life beyond Earth are on one of the moons of Jupiter or Saturn. Scientists have long known about the plumes of water vapor spewing from cracks at the moon's south pole, thanks to Cassini.
    Heather Robertson Photos: Pictures of Texas Teacher

    Heather Robertson Photos: Pictures of Texas Teacher

    After obtaining a list of students who were possibly sexually involved with Robertson, police began to question each student. I accepted the resignation [Thursday] afternoon, and it has been submitted through the appropriate legal channels.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.