Analysis: North Korea’s ‘hypersonic missile’ tests raise military stakes in Asia

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By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) – Even as debates swirl over their capability, a series of “hypersonic missiles” recently tested by nuclear-armed North Korea sparked sudden talk of preemptive strikes and arms races amid worry over the vulnerability of U.S. troops and their allies in Asia. North Korea kicked off the new year with three missile tests in the space of two weeks, sparking reactions from Washington not seen since Pyongyang stopped testing its longest-range missiles, which can strike the United States, in 2017. At least two of the latest tests were of what North Korea called “hypersoni…

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