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    North Korea Threatens as US Increases Military Presence

    Forces are gathering. After the U.S. redirected its Carl Vinson Strike Group – composed of an aircraft carrier and several warships – from Singapore back to the west Pacific, Pyongyang issued a fierce statement denouncing America’s “outrageous actions.” Economic curbs may be more effective than military might, though: A Chinese ban on North Korean coal has already put a hold on the Hermit Kingdom’s most important export, while China and South Korea have both promised stronger sanctions if Pyongyang doesn’t cut out its recent uptick in region-destabilizing missile tests.

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