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SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. announced on Thursday that two of its nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions on a South Korean island as part of joint military drills.

The move is a show of force following weeks of provocation from North Korea, and is likely to further enrage Pyongyang. North Korea has already issued a flood of ominous statements to highlight displeasure over the drills and U.N. sanctions over its nuclear test last month. A Wednesday statement from North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, said that “the hearts of all service personnel and people of the DPRK are burning with hatred for the enemies” and spoke of “madcap nuclear war drills.” But there were signs Thursday that it is willing to go only so far.

A North Korean industrial plant operated with South Korean know-how was running normally, despite the North’s shutdown a day earlier of communication lines ordinarily used…

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