Trump and military officials discuss North Korea

President Trump meets national security team to discuss "a range of options" on North Korea.

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U.S. President Donald Trump met with his national security team on Tuesday to discuss "a range of options" on North Korea in response to its increasing nuclear ambitions, the White House said, according to The Hill.

Trump and military officials met to discuss "a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons," the White House said in a statement.

The president received a briefing from Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford as part of the meeting.

Trump was also scheduled to have lunch on Tuesday with Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday night that the U.S. military flew two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force.

The military confirmed to Reuters that the bombers carried out a training exercise with Japanese and South Korean aircraft near the Sea of Japan.

Trump's meetings came a day after Mattis urged military leaders "to be ready" with military options for Trump to deal with North Korea should diplomacy fail.

The Defense Secretary last week expressed support for Tillerson's effort to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis with North Korea.

Trump has been alluding to possible military action against North Korea for weeks, while criticizing past administrations for their approach to the isolated nation.

Trump told Mattis and his top generals in a White House meeting last week that he wanted military options at a “much faster pace.”

The president subsequently suggested to reporters that “maybe it’s the calm before the storm," sparking widespread speculation that the cryptic reference was to Korea war plans.

This past weekend, the president indicated that “only one thing will work” in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!” he tweeted, without providing any further details.