Daily Editorial Cloze Test Quiz – 3

Editorial Cloze Test Quiz

In early January, Donald Trump, then the U.S. President-elect, tweeted that North Korea ______(1)_____never develop a “nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.”. But Pyongyang appears to ______(2)_______done exactly that, defying warnings issued by Washington. Tuesday’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, that appears to be capable of striking Alaska, poses perhaps the greatest foreign policy challenge so far before Mr. Trump. And he appears to be lost for an effective response. While senior officials of the Trump administration have consistently talked tough, they have banked heavily on China, North Korea’s most crucial political and economic ally, to rein in its missile programme. Mr. Trump had even _____(3)_______China a better trade deal for its help in addressing the crisis and appreciated President Xi Jinping’s efforts. But neither the tough posturing nor banking on China’s help seems to have worked, and Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s Supreme Leader, remains as defiant as ever. Washington’s _____(4)_______to the missile test was typical. The U.S. and South Korea immediately conducted missile exercises to counter “North Korea’s destabilising and unlawful actions”, and the State Department asked ____(5)______more UN sanctions on the North. But had sanctions and threats been effective as a strategy, Mr. Kim would not have carried out the ICBM test in the first place.

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