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U.S. Rejects Suggestion to Strike N. Korea Before It Fires Missile

September 27, 2018
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Senior Bush administration officials tried to ease tensions yesterday over a possible North Korean missile launch, playing down the idea of using the nascent missile defense system and brushing aside a provocative proposal to launch a preemptive strike against the missile site. (Washington Post — 15 September, 2006)
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North Korea test-fired at least six missiles yesterday, including its long-range Taepodong-2, senior U.S. officials said, defying strong warnings from the United States and regional powers in Asia. (Washington Post — 55 minutes ago)
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TOKYO, July 11 — In their toughest comments to date on North Korea’s missile tests, Japanese officials on Monday called for a debate on whether Japan should pursue military capabilities that would enable preemptive strikes at North Korean missile bases. Japan currently does not possess such… (Washington Post — 56 minutes ago)
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A senior U.S. official warned North Korea yesterday that it would be “profoundly unwise” to carry out reported plans to launch a long-range missile. (Washington Post — 55 minutes ago)
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President Bush pressed the leaders of China and Russia yesterday to join the United States in sending a tough message to North Korea for this week’s missile launches, and said the world needs to speak with “one voice” to force the communist nation to adhere to international rules. (Washington Post — 56 minutes ago)
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FORT GREELY, Alaska, Aug. 27 — After his first look inside the nerve center of the U.S. missile defense system, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Sunday sounded a note of caution about expectations that interceptors poised in 10 underground silos here would work in the event of a missile… (Washington Post — 58 minutes ago)
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TOKYO, July 4 — China and North Korea announced Tuesday that they would exchange visits by high-ranking officials, providing a window of opportunity for Beijing to dissuade Pyongyang from going ahead with a possible missile test and return to international nuclear disarmament talks. (Washington Post — 55 minutes ago)
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The major fallout from North Korea’s series of missile launches and the malfunction of its long-range rocket is that its missile program now looks somewhat inept, weapons experts said yesterday. (Washington Post — 56 minutes ago)
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