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North Korea offers up challenge for Trump

11th January 2017 - 18:10 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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As North Korea prepares to test its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump will face tough choices on how to rein in a country dedicated to obtaining an advanced nuclear-weapon capability. 

A North Korean ICBM, armed with a nuclear warhead capable of surviving an atmospheric re-entry, would give Pyongyang its first capability of striking the continental US.

In November, the Obama administration conveyed to the incoming Trump administration that it considers North Korea a top national security priority.

However, Trump has confused many in the Washington establishment with mixed messages. In February 2016 Trump

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