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Situation urgent for US, allies after North Korean ICBM test

Washington, Seoul military chiefs discuss armed response if diplomacy fails

U.S. Air Force bombers carry out a joint exercise with a Japan Air Self-Defense Force F-2 fighter in Japanese airspace on July 30. (Courtesy of Japan ASDF)

TOKYO -- North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile has forced the U.S. and its allies into crisis mode.

After several months chasing a diplomatic solution to the threat posed by North Korea's arms programs, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump now appears to be seriously considering military options.

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