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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says he is confident North Korea won't develop a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the United States. But his options for stopping the reclusive communist country are slim: diplomacy that would reward Pyongyang Cheap Nike Air Max Mens , sanctions which haven't worked, and military action that no one wants.



Pyongyang may already be able to arm short-range and mid-range missiles with atomic warheads, threatening U.S. allies South Korea and Japan Nike Air Max Mens Black , and American forces in each country. On Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said preparations for launching an intercontinental ballistic missile "reached the final stage."


Three U.S. administrations Nike Air Max Mens Clearance , going back to President Bill Clinton, have persuaded the North to disarm in exchange for aid. Each effort eventually failed, and there is deep skepticism in Congress about trying again.


The Obama administration attempted to restart them in 2012, early in Kim's rule Nike Air Max Mens Sale , by offering food aid for a nuclear and missile freeze. Within weeks, the North tried to launch a long-range rocket. The effort was abandoned.


International sanctions have tightened since North Korea conducted its first of five nuclear tests in 2006. But the country has adeptly circumvented restrictions on sensitive technology and money flows Nike Air Max Mens Shoes , and used its own capabilities to develop weapons.


Additional U.S. sanctions, beefed up last year, punish foreign companies and banks dealing with North Korea. They, too, haven't been effective because the North's international isolation makes it less susceptible to such pressure than a major economy like Iran Nike Air Max Mens , which curbed its nuclear program in 2015 after being battered by oil, trade and financial sanctions.


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Using military force against North Korea is extremely risky.


Even before it developed nuclear weapons, the North maintained the ability to strike Seoul, South Korea's capital, with a potentially devastating artillery barrage. Although doing so would invite a blistering U.S. response Cheap Air Max Mens , it's hardly a scenario any American commander-in-chief wants to contemplate.


The military option has been considered before.


Clinton considered a strike on the North's nuclear facilities after it announced it would reprocess fuel from a nuclear reactor, providing it plutonium for bombs. Diplomacy appeared to win out that time with the 1994 agreement.


A military strike would be harder to pull off now. North Korea has expanded its nuclear and missile programs significantly, meaning more targets would have to be hit.


And regional support would be questionable.


KHABAROVSK, Russia, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev agreed here on Friday to strengthen the two countries' cooperation in developing the Far East.


The agreement was reached at a meeting between Wang and Trutnev in Khabarovsk on intergovernmental cooperation between China's northeastern regions and Russia's Far Eastern and Baikal regions.


Such cooperation is among the consensuses reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin Air Max Mens Black , and is also a strategic direction for China-Russia cooperation, Wang said, hailing the achievements in Far Eastern development between China and Russia.


Trutnev said China is an important partner of Russia in regional cooperation.


China and Russia will improve the docking of their development strategies and policy coordination, and push ahead partnerships in trade, investment Air Max Mens Clearance , tourism and people-to-people exchanges, according to Wang and Trutnev.


They said the two countries will start to compile a guideline for Chinese and Russian enterprises intending to participate in Far Eastern development.


Wang and Trutnev agreed to improve interconnectivity, boost infrastructure construction and build a number of big projects.


The two sides also decided to create a more favorable business environment, provide better financial services and further facilitate investment and trade.


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