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North Korea, Mushroom Clouds and "Divided Opinions" about Intelligence  | e-mail post

The second paragraph of Sunday's New York Times story on new intelligence about North Korea's possible nuclear testing reads:
While the indications were viewed as serious enough to warrant a warning to the White House, American intelligence agencies appear divided about the significance of the new North Korean actions, much as they were about the evidence concerning Iraq's alleged weapons stockpiles.
Now, as I am writing this, the news wires are abuzz with the report of a 2.5 mile wide mushroom cloud that appeared over North Korea a few days ago. (Question 1: why is this only making it into the news 3 days later?) South Korea's Yonhap news agency is the most up-to-date right now, but I imagine all the major sources will have better info within the next few hours.

Divided opinions, just like with the Iraqi WMDs, huh? It just goes to show you that sometimes you don't know until you know, y'know?

For a more detailed examination of North Korea's nuclear developments, visit Global Security.

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