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    Hopes Fade for US-North Korea Relations

    Hours after reports that Pyongyang launched two short-range missiles yesterday, the U.S. announced it had seized a North Korean cargo ship, claiming it violated sanctions by transporting coal. The spike in tensions has further dampened hopes that talks between the countries would continue, with South Korea’s president suggesting Kim Jong Un is “deeply discontented” after recent discussions with President Trump fell apart.

    How will Washington respond? Analysts say each new missile test risks provoking a “furious” response from Trump, who’s loath to look weak in front of an increasingly belligerent Kim.

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