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- White House officials are reportedly split over how to address North Korea's provocations.
- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly expressed concern that proposed US military options were too aggressive, according to sources cited by The New York Times.
- National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has favored a diplomatic approach, the Times said.
The White House is reportedly split over the direction of President Donald Trump's approach to addressing North Korea's provocations, with some believing that the Pentagon has been hesitant to give Trump too many military options, according to officials cited in a New York Times report published Thursday.
The report comes two days after Trump indicated that the US would take tangible steps toward answering North Korea's military posturing. Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday that "complacency and concessions only invite aggression and provocation."
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