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US needs to change tack towards North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) with his officials walking near what the country's state media said was a new ICBM. PHOTO: AFP/KCNA
Test fire of North Korea's "new type" of intercontinental ballistic missile, as reported by state media, on March 24, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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SEOUL - North Korea on Friday (March 25) lauded the successful launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) since 2017, in what is viewed as a direct challenge to America's Joe Biden administration and South Korea's incoming hawkish new leader amid stalled dialogue.

Experts warned of more severe provocations, including a possible nuclear test before September, and urged the United States to change tack towards Pyongyang to avoid escalation to another Ukraine crisis.

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