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North Korea's two latest intercontinental ballistic missile tests, carried out last month, suggest that the country now has the capability to hit the continental U.S. The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has concluded that North Korea may well have already developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead that could be delivered on such a missile.North Korea has threatened to retaliate against the U.S. "thousands of times" over – including by striking the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific – and reiterated its vow to never give up its nuclear arsenal.The U.S. has taken a similarly stubborn line. The U.S. has been more successful in pressuring Australia, the European Union, Japan and other U.S. allies to strengthen unilateral sanctions on the North. Already, the Department of Defense announced that U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Joseph Dunford and U.S. Pacific Command chief Harry Harris had spoken by phone with South Korea's top military official, General Lee Sun-jin, to discuss military-response options to the launch.The message is clear: The U.S. is ready to fight, should it come to that.China has serious reservations about America's North Korea policy.Moreover, China condemns "secondary sanctions" placed by the U.S. on Chinese companies and individuals found to have illicit dealings with North Korea as assaults on its sovereignty.
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