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The Trump admin's "bloody nose" strategy to strike North Korea

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Defense Decretary James Mattis visits the Demilatirized Zone on the border between North and South Korea. Photo: Jung Yeon-je / AFP via Getty Images

U.S. officials are mulling the possibility of launching a military strike against North Korean targets without provoking war on the Korean Peninsula, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It's been dubbed the "bloody nose" strategy: "React to some nuclear or missile test with a targeted strike against a North Korean facility to bloody Pyongyang’s nose and illustrate the high price the regime could pay for its behavior," per the Journal.

Why it matters: There would be a large risk of North Korea striking back with full force if provoked. And U.S. officials are considering the strategy in the middle of planned diplomatic talks between North and South Korea — the first sign of thawing tensions in two years.

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Romney hopeful to clinch Utah Republican nomination

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Mitt Romney. Photo: Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

Mitt Romney is facing almost a dozen other contenders for the Republican nomination at the Utah Republican Party Convention, the AP reports.

The big picture: Not clenching the nomination wouldn't end Romney's fight to take the seat being left by Senator Orrin Hatch. Per the AP, candidates can win a place in the primaries "by gathering voter signatures, which Romney has done." But, winning at the convention would allow him to "bypass the June primary and likely cruise to Election Day victory."