Has the US run out of options with North Korea?

Over the years, Washington has tried various approaches, including grand bargains. The Biden administration looks to have calculated that it could live with a stable but scary state of affairs.

A US nuclear-capable B-52H strategic bomber (centre), alongside South Korean jet fighters, flying over the Yellow Sea on March 6, 2023. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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The days of fire and fury are back. On Thursday, North Korea fired a volley of six short-range missiles, ahead of the start on Monday of one of the largest US-South Korea military exercises in years.

The latest salvoes from Pyongyang come as North Korea pushes to quickly enhance and diversify its arsenal of missiles that might carry nuclear warheads.

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