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Trump briefed on North Korea options by his top defense officials Updated: 2017-10-12 04:02:36 KST


U.S. President Donald Trump met with his top defense officials on Tuesday to be briefed on North Korea options.
The White House said in a statement that Trump was briefed by Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford during a national security team meeting.
The statement added that the discussion focused on the range of options to better prevent North Korea from threatening the U.S. and its allies with nuclear weapons.
The White House did not give details of the options but many experts believe that military options were among the list.
In related news, the U.S. flew two B-1B strategic bombers over the Korean Peninsula late Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the bombers flew from Anderson Air Force base in Guam and entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at around 8:50 p.m.
Joined by South Korean F-15K fighters, the B-1Bs simulated air to ground missile firing over the East Sea.
The South Korean military added that the regular deployment training is aimed at enhancing extended deterrence capabilities against North Korea.
Late last month the U.S. flew B-1Bs over international waters close to North Korea's east coast.
A U.S. nuclear submarine also arrived in South Korea last weekend as part of its regional deployment.
U.S. Pacific Command said on Wednesday that the USS Tucson made a port call on Saturday in the southeastern port of Jinhae.
PACOM did not specify when the Tucson will return to its home base of Hawaii.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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