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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea boosts surprise attack ability with wider range of missiles

Submarine-launched and trajectory-shifting weapons could overwhelm defenses

North Korea says the recent missile firings tie back to its five-year plan to develop its weapons system.   © KCNA/Kyodo

SEOUL -- The spate of ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks demonstrates that the regime is building up capabilities to stage surprise attacks on targets in the region.

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