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US' Options on N. Korea Limited: Prof. Lee Speaks with The Straits Times

The US has been put on the spot again by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and is faced with ever narrowing options, with sanctions not seeming to work.

One option that was tossed up is the possibility of shooting down the next missile Pyongyang test-fires.

Early yesterday, the US Missile Defence Agency said the Navy has successfully conducted a missile defence test - scheduled before the missile test by North Korea on Tuesday - off the coast of Hawaii. A Standard Missile-6 guided missile intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.

At around the same time, President Donald Trump, who said "all options were on the table" after Pyongyang's latest provocation, appeared to rule out dialogue, in a comment on Twitter. He wrote: "The US has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!"

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