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The United States says its missile defense system being installed in South Korea will be operational soon.

Commander of the Us Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris told Armed Services Committee that the system will be operational in coming days and able to defend South Korea against North Korean threat. 

He said the US military is also weighing whether it needs to install new missile interceptors on Hawaii.

Meanwhile, the United States says it is engaging responsible members of international community to bring North Korea back to the "path of dialogue."

In a joint statement, US Secretary Defence chief Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Director National Intelligence Dan Coats said Washington will use diplomatic measures and additional sanctions to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs.

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