Shortly after the news that later on Sunday, president Trump would hold a phone call with China president Xi and Japan’s PM Abe, the White House said in an advance schedule that on April 26 it will hold a briefing for senators with its ‘four principals’ on North Korea “as the administration considers its options for dealing with saber-rattling from Pyongyang” according to Bloomberg. Among those present will be Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
While it is unclear if today’s arrest of a US citizen – the third such detention by the North Korean government – will be a key topic, a State Department official said in a brief statement that ‘we are aware of reports that a U. S. citizen was detained in North Korea,” and added that “in cases where U. S. citizens are reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish Embassy, which serves as the United States’ Protecting Power in North Korea. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Apr 23, 2017.