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o radically different paths ahead for America's approach to North Korea. Pyongyang is speeding up heavy duty weapons tests. Experts say it will have enough material for 20 nuclear bombs by January. Hillary Clinton wants to strengthen military ties with South Korea and Japan, while Donald Trump has suggested Seoul and Tokyo should pay for US military help.
Or simply develop nuclear arms themselves. Either way, Reuters James Pearson says North Korea is becoming more than just a matter of diplomacy.>> More people are taking North Korean threats a bit more seriously these days. The missile program has reached the stage where they are able to fire things, longer, further, more efficiently than they had before.
What this means for United States is that when North Korea has its blustery rhetoric talking about trying to strike the mainland with a nuclear weapon, well, they're actually getting to the stage where they might be able to do that.>> How to answer that threat has cropped up again and again on the US campaign trail.
But after November 8th, experts say there is one obvious measure the next president can take.>> North Korea's already very heavily sanctioned unilaterally by the United States, and the next administration might actually in a position to lift some of those sanctions, or use the possibility of lifting sanctions as negotiating ship, should they enter in some kind of discussion with North Korea.
>> Whoever wins the Obama Administration's already rolling out hard military measures to deal with Pyongyang's weapons, promising heavy anti-missile technology for the south. While Hillary looks to garner support from Washington's allies, Trump says he prefers a more direct approach. Telling Reuters earlier this year, he'd welcome a one to one with Kim Jong-un.
And telling supporters quote, there's a 10% or 20% chance that I can talk him out of those damn nukes.