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Pressure on North Korea mounts as US military option looms larger

Pyongyang's alleged success in miniaturizing warhead rocks Washington

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S. on August 8.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have risen even further after claims the reclusive country may have succeeded in creating a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a ballistic missile.

The claims, if they turn out to be true, raise the genuine possibility of a direct nuclear attack on U.S. soil.

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