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When it comes to North Korea, U.S. military options range from bad to worse

A U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise in Pohang, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)
A U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise in Pohang, South Korea. (Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)

Although the Trump administration has moved an aircraft carrier strike group toward Korea and warned it would respond forcefully if Pyongyang conducts a nuclear test this weekend, likely U.S. military options range from bad to worse.

Satellite imagery has shown preparations at North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear weapons site, including more military personnel and mounds of dirt from recent excavations, U.S. officials and outside experts said.

North Korea’s state media has warned that Kim Jong Un’s government may use Saturday’s national holiday, marking the birthday of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung, for a weapons test, although it could be another ballistic missile or something less provocative.

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