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And as for this morning, here’s what you need to know:
• North Korea “is begging for war.”
That’s what Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told the Security Council a day after the North’s most powerful nuclear test, and hours after South Korea said that Pyongyang might be preparing another ballistic missile launch this weekend.
Ms. Haley said that “the time has come for us to exhaust all of our diplomatic means before it’s too late.”
As Washington considers its options, it must tread carefully if it wants to pressure Beijing to take a tougher line on Pyongyang: There’s about $650 billion in U.S.-China trade on the line.
Analysts are confounded by what North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, really wants. One thing is for certain, the North’s provocations are straining the seven-decade U.S.-South Korea alliance.
• At the BRICS summit, the member nations — Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa — denounced the North’s latest test, but added that problems over its nuclear program should only be settled through peaceful means and dialogue, according to a draft communiqué.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, who met earlier with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, is scheduled to meet President Xi Jinping of China on the sidelines of the summit today. Above, the leaders on Monday.
• Pressure is intensifying on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar and a Nobel Peace laureate, to speak out against a military operation…