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North Korea presses on

Those that are most inclined to monitor the country are distracted

By David Patrikarakos  

People in Seoul watch news that North Korea may have conducted a nuclear test ©AP/Press Association Images

Last Friday, in what was a move clearly calculated to both affront and alarm, North Korea conducted its latest—and most powerful—nuclear test to date.

It was Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test and, critically, its second this year. It is upping the pace. South Korea, which understandably watches its volatile neighbour with a near pathological vigilance,…

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