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Pyongyang revives old playbook with missile launch

NEW YORK • In the weeks before North Korea conducted a "strike drill" last Saturday, US President Donald Trump countermanded an order to the Treasury Department, reversing an announcement that it was tightening economic sanctions against the country.

The reason, his press secretary declared, was that "President Trump likes Chairman Kim(Jong Un) and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2019, with the headline 'Pyongyang revives old playbook with launch'. Print Edition | Subscribe