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White House: U.S. looking at new measures to deal with N. Korea

2017/03/22 03:29

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Yonhap) -- The United States is looking at various new measures to deal with the growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, the White House said Tuesday.

"The United States in coordination with our allies is exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures in response to the grave and escalating threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs," White House press secretary Sean Spicer cited the National Security Council as saying.

No details were given as to what the new measures will look like.

But the new policy is expected to center on ramping up pressure on Pyongyang, rather than reopening negotiations.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a trip to South Korea and Japan last week that two decades of diplomatic efforts to disarm the North have failed, and there was no point in pursuing the diplomatic path any longer. He also said that the U.S. was considering a wide range of options, including the use of military force.

In response, the North said it is fully ready for "any war" with the U.S.

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