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Arthur Herman: Giving a boost to missile defense

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket launch in this still image taken from KRT file footage and released by Yonhap on Feb. 7.   © Reuters

North Korea's latest round of nuclear and missile tests has set off alarm bells around East Asia, as well as in Washington.

     South Korea and the United States have even entered into talks to deploy the U.S. Army's anti-missile system known as Thaad, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, which targets missiles in flight at high altitudes. Now there is talk Japan might do the same.

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