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Trump's tough talk on Korea

Trump's tough talk on Korea

America's posture toward North Korea has changed, Trump administration officials insist. Vice President Mike Pence, visiting South Korea, declared that "era of strategic patience is over" and warned the north not to test President Donald Trump's resolve or the strength of the U.S. military forces in the region.

But what does that mean? Does Mr. Trump really intend to take pre-emptive action against the North Korean nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs? Or is his saber rattling — moving an aircraft carrier battle group to the Korean peninsula and pointing to his missile strikes in Syria and use of a massive conventional bomb in Afghanistan — merely intended to...