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Robert A. Manning -- The next troubling North Korea debate

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A sales assistant watches TV sets broadcasting a news report on North Korea's nuclear test, in Seoul, on Sept. 9.   © Reuters

Are there some problems that simply defy any real solutions? North Korea could be one.

The country conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday and moved a step closer to possessing an operational miniaturized warhead that could fit on a medium-range ballistic missile.

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