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Talks between North and South Korea ahead of next month's Winter Olympics have eased fears of war over Pyongyang's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States – at least for now.Rhetoric on all sides may have moderated as a result of the first round of intra-Korean talks in more than two years Tuesday, but U.S. officials say hawks in President Donald Trump's administration, up to and including Trump himself, remain pessimistic that they will lead anywhere.In recent days, in a series of media leaks, U.S. officials have spoken of the president's willingness to consider a limited preemptive strike on North Korea to change Kim's mindset, despite the risk of touching off a war. Some U.S. officials have suggested that North Korea was using diplomatic overtures to try to drive a wedge between Washington and ally Seoul and did not intend to engage seriously.The administration had been due to hold a Cabinet-level meeting this week to sharpen its economic and military options for dealing with North Korea.Such a strike could be triggered by evidence that North Korea was fueling an ICBM, the official said.
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