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North Korea nuclear test on Monday will mean consequences for the communist nation. It's already under international sanctions because of a previous missile launch, a nuclear test and suspected human rights violations. U.N. Security Council resolution 1718 of October 2006 imposed arms and financial sanctions on North Korea after it conducted its first nuclear test three months after firing its longest-range Taepodong-2 ballistic missile. It also bans sale of luxury goods to the North.
"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.