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As tensions ramp up between the U.S. and North Korea, the intelligence community believes that the rogue nation may be capable of hurling a nuclear weapon at American soil, but the liklihood of a successful attack is unknown. (August 10)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is rushing to develop nuclear missiles that can reach the United States, saying they are needed to deter an attack on his country. 

If there are ever any talks with the Trump administration to defuse an increasingly dangerous crisis, here are five of Kim’s demands — though he shouldn’t count on getting them all met.  

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Guarantees of no overthrow by U.S.

Before President Trump unleashed his incendiary attacks on Kim this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the administration does not favor a regime change and seeks a diplomatic solution to halt the North’s weapons program.

Kim looks at states like Iraq, where former dictator Saddam Hussein was overthrown by the United States, and believes that the only way for his country to ensure that his regime remains in power is through nuclear ambitions.  

Developing nuclear weapons that threaten the United States is Kim’s insurance policy against being overthrown by a U.S.-led coalition, Joo Seong-ha, a defector who was imprisoned in North Korea before escaping to South Korea, told USA TODAY. 

A nuclear weapons program is “the most powerful bargaining chip that North Korea has,” said Joo.

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