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N.Korea the focus as Rex Tillerson chairs UN Security Council meeting

N.Korea the focus as Rex Tillerson chairs UN Security Council meeting

The growing threat of nuclear North Korea will be the focus on Friday as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chairs a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council, NBC News reported on Friday.

It will cap a week of high-profile engagements for the Trump administration, intended to signal a willingness to exhaust all economic and diplomatic options to denuclearize North Korea before pursuing a military solution.

The president aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its missile and nuclear programs by "tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners," read a joint statement Wednesday from Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coat.

The statement followed an unusual briefing to both full chambers of Congress on the increasing urgency of the threat and the administration's plan to confront it.

All members of the U.N. Security Council traveled to Washington, D.C., on Monday for a similar briefing from President Donald Trump, who told them the status quo in North Korea is unacceptable.

The U.N. Security Council has already imposed stringent sanctions against the North Korean regime but the State Department said that part of Friday's meeting will be looking at ways to fully enforce those measures already in place.