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North Korea likely to resume provocations

  • November 22, 2017
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All papers projected that North Korea is likely to respond sharply to the “hostility” displayed by the Trump administration in putting it back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism by staging a ballistic missile launch or other provocation. The Kim regime will probably regard the re-designation as an “insult” and take a hard line to demonstrate that it will never succumb to U.S. pressure. While speculating that the Kim regime has refrained from provocations for about two months to concentrate on rebuilding its moribund economy, Yomiuri projected that it may launch a ballistic missile by year’s end with the goal of completing its development of ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland. Asahi projected that Pyongyang will accelerate its nuclear and missile programs to push the Trump administration to ease the pressure.

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