Expected nuclear test not carried outBY:
North Korea's test of a nuclear warhead did not take place last weekend amid mounting diplomatic and military pressure from the United States and possibly China.
The stepped-up pressure is part of a policy recently adopted by the White House that seeks ways to force North Korea into giving up its nuclear program and long-range missiles without triggering another Korean war.
"The president has asked the National Security Council to integrate the efforts of the Department of Defense, State, our intelligence agencies, so we can provide options and have them ready for [the president] if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues and if the North Korea regime refuses to denuclearize, which is the accepted objective of both the United States and Chinese leadership as well our allies in the region," White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday.
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