US making plans for military attack on North Korea

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    America is drawing up plans for a “bloody nose” military attack on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme, The Telegraph understands.

    The White House has “dramatically” stepped up preparation for a military solution in recent months amid fears diplomacy is not working, well-placed sources said.

    One option is destroying a launch site before it is used by the regime for a new missile test. Stockpiles of weapons could also be targeted.

    The hope is that military force would show Kim Jong-un that America is “serious” about stopping further nuclear development and trigger negotiations.

    Three sources – two former US officials familiar with current thinking and a third figure in the administration – confirmed military options were being worked up.

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