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Biden's Asia policy

North Korea goes missing from Biden's big foreign policy speech

National security team weighs options as threat rises

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends the congress of his ruling Workers' Party congress in Pyongyang in this photo supplied by the official Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 10.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- Conspicuously absent from U.S. President Joe Biden's maiden address on foreign policy Thursday was an Asian nuclear power that has confounded administrations for decades: North Korea.

In his speech at the State Department, Biden called for countering an increasingly ambitious China and the determination of Russia to harm and disrupt American democracy. He spoke of rebuilding "atrophied" alliances with such democracies as Japan, South Korea and Australia.

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