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Use of preemptive force an option with North Korea, Tillerson says

TOKYO — The Trump administration gave its clearest signal yet that it would consider taking military action against North Korea, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that “all options are on the table” to deter the threat from Pyongyang. Tensions are running high in Northeast Asia, with North Korea making observable progress toward its goal of building a missile that could reach the U.S. mainland and China incensed over South Korea’s decision to deploy an American antimissile battery. Tillerson’s remarks will fuel fears in the region that the Trump administration is seriously considering what Washington calls “kinetic” options. North Korea is known for its exaggerated and bellicose rhetoric, but the combination of threats and missile launches, coinciding with Chinese anger at South Korea, has raised tensions to a level seldom seen in recent years.

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