Fear drives North Korea to act this way. The US must take a diplomatic lead | Gabrielle Rifkind

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The country’s latest ballistic tests are a sign of its insecurity. The US should cease manoeuvres in the region – and find a way to engage with Pyongyang

• Gabrielle Rifkind is the founder of Oxford Process, a diplomacy initiative that creates dialogue in areas of conflict

North Korea continued flaunting its burgeoning weapons arsenal on Friday by firing off one of its sophisticated long range ballistic Hwasong-14 missiles. This missile landed in Japanese waters. By the end of the first term of Trump’s presidency, experts suggest, similar missiles could be capable of hitting Los Angeles and Washington with thermonuclear warheads.

Related: North Korea missile test shows it could reach New York, say experts

In January Pyongyang proposed that tensions could be eased if the US suspended joint military exercises with South Korea

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