The leaders of the two most powerful economic and military countries, the U.S. and China, agree that both countries need to be careful to communicate and avoid missteps when they compete. One of the most dangerous issues is North Korea.

NK is increasing ICBM missile launches that could reach the U.S., Japan, South Korea and other allies in the region; at the same time U.S. intelligence reports suggest Iran is helping NK develop nuclear weapons for those missiles. The U.S. and Japan called these NK actions “unacceptable,” but attempts to deal directly and diplomatically with NK have proven impossible. NK dictator Kim Jong Un recently launched a second ICBM missile and NK is becoming a clear and imminent threat to the U.S. and others.

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