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For Kim Jong Un, the pursuit of nukes is a family legacy

Leader carries on grandfather's mission as development ramps up at alarming pace

SEOUL Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are spiraling ever higher as Pyongyang continues its drive to develop nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

The most recent sign of escalation came on Aug. 29, when North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean off the northern island of Hokkaido. The last time a North Korean projectile flew over Japan was in February 2016. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the latest incident represented "a serious and grave threat of an unprecedented level."

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