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"I hope they don't make any stupid mistakes." Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said at Fort Drum in New York. He said the U.S. is watching Pyongyang very closely as the North Koreans develop longer-range missiles and nuclear weapons. He said tensions throughout the international community have been heightened in recent weeks as North Korea has test-fired several missiles and a nuclear weapon. The tests have come in defiance of global efforts to get Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.
Intelligence sources say Kim Cho'ng-un the third son of Kim Jong Il has been been picked as his successor. And as a result it's likely that Kim Cho'ng-nam, the eldest son will seek asylum in China. Intelligence sources in South Korea, say North Korea's secret police, took several aides to Kim Cho'ng-nam into custody in Pyongyang in early April and they haven't been seen since.
The neighboring countries have land in dispute along their border. The White House has strongly condemned the attacks
U.S. officials have largely ruled out North Korea as the origin of a computer attack last July that took down U.S. and South Korean government websites.
But, authorities aren't much closer than they were a year ago to knowing exactly who did it, or why.
Early analysis of the fast-moving "denial of service" attacks pointed to North Korea since code used included Korean language.
Experts say agencies are better prepared today, but that many government and business sites remain vulnerable to similar attacks.
The former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro says if the U.S launched a nuclear strike against Iran, President Barack Obama would definitely win another term. In an opinion column published by Cuban state media, the reclusive Castro, says North Korea's recent sinking of a South Korean frigate is a good opening for the U.S. to launch an attack against the North Koreans. Castro also suggested that Mr Obama getting bad advice from his advisors.
A multi-nation report is expected out this week that will point the finger at N Korea for the sinking of a S Korean warship. 46 sailors were killed on March 26th when a still unexplained explosion in the Yellow Sea split the 1200 ton corvette class ship in half. The Cheonan, which is about the size of a U.S. frigate was about two miles offshore at the time of the sinking. Investigators think the North Korea military launched a torpedo at the vessel.