Friday, September 29, 2017

Stratfor: How North Korea Could Pull Off a Pacific Nuclear Test

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With the steady escalation of sanctions against it, North Korea is threatening once again to ratchet up its response. Though a high-altitude hydrogen bomb blast would carry few risks to life, it would surely lead to repercussions for Pyongyang. angle 
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