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U.S. weighs more monitoring of illicit North Korea transactions

Biden considers 'appropriate' next move as ICBM concerns grow, official says

Joe Biden's administration is "concerned about a pattern of what we see as increasingly disturbing and escalatory behavior" by North Korea, an official tells Nikkei.

WASHINGTON -- In response to North Korea's successive launches of ballistic missiles, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden will consider stepping up its monitoring of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of coal, oil and other materials aimed at evading United Nations sanctions, a senior administration official told Nikkei on Tuesday.

Washington is becoming increasingly cautious about a launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile with the range to reach the U.S. mainland.

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