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    North Korean Missile Fizzles After Retaliation Threat

    That backfired. A day after a military parade for its founding father’s 105th birthday and threats of swift nuclear retaliation if attacked, North Korea reportedly fired another ballistic missile, only to see it explode after launch. The failure came as American warships approach the Korean Peninsula and Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone after meeting South Korean officials. While stating American commitment to security in the region, Pence appealed to China’s diplomatic capacities — and warned Pyongyang, “The era of strategic patience is over.”

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