North Korea

Nuclear rhetoric

Print edition : August 04, 2017

A photograph distributed by the North Korean government shows North Korea's launch of a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile from the northwest of the country. Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

Kim Jong-un at a concert celebrating the successful ICBM launch. This photograph was produced from an undated video aired by North Korea's KRT on July 10. Photo: KRT via AP

U.S. President Donald Trump with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Hamburg on July 6. At a time when Trump is threatening military action, President Moon has offered talks with his North Korean counterpart and suggested that reunions of separated Korean families should start again. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber (top) flies with South Korean jets over the Korean Peninsula during a South Korea-U.S. joint fire drill on July 8. A handout photo released by the South Korean Defence Ministry. Photo: Getty Images

In the wake of North Korea’s July 4 ICBM test, the U.S. may have to put the military option on the back burner for the foreseeable future, notwithstanding Trump’s tough rhetoric.
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