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On the same day that the U.S. and South Korea began their military drills, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the headquarters of Large Combined Unit 966 of the Korean People's Army. Five days later, the North launched four ballistic missiles, one of which reportedly landed within 200 miles of Japan's coastline. The U.S. and South Korean intelligence communities believe that North Korea has 10-16 nuclear weapons and more than 1,000 ballistic missiles, making it practically impossible to disable the North Korean threat militarily without inflicting serious damage on the U.S. and its allies.On the one hand, China has voiced opposition to North Korea's missile tests, and suspended coal imports from the North under a United Nations Security Council resolution.But China also regards the new THAAD system in South Korea as a serious strategic threat. First, North Korea stops its nuclear and missile tests, while the U.S. and South Korea halt their joint large-scale military exercises.
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