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It's from NPR news: Analysts: North Korea Improves Its Capabilities With Each Missile Test

"The stronger they get, the harder it becomes for us to convince [North Korea] that this is not the road they want to go down," says Jenny Town, the assistant director of the U.S.-Korea Institute at John Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies. She says with each improvement, the U.S. and its allies lose leverage with the North."

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