North Korea's decision to detonate a nuclear device underground Monday caught the United States by surprise, officials said.President Obama better make nicey-nice with the CIA because If the South Koreans are correct the Obama administration will want our best agents to be checking out whats going on in the North, instead of talking to their lawyers to protect themselves from the latest Erick Holder witch hunt. Unless of course he wants to be surprised all over again.
"They didn't give us any warning whatsoever," one senior U.S. intelligence official who works on North Korean issues told FOX News.
Another official told Reuters that North Korea gave less than an hour's notice to the United States that it would carry out the test.
The official said the communist country made "no demands," and passed on the message that it would carry out the test through diplomats at the United Nations in New York City.
The senior intelligence official said that even after the demonstration at the Punggye nuclear test site, the only evidence of activity that analysts could see in aerial imagery was a "couple of spoil sites," or large holes.
According to the folks in South Korea, the North Korean's have 5,000 Tons of Chemical Weapons featuring a virtual smorgasbord of Chemical agents.
North Korea can unleash 13 types of biological agent, South Korea says
Richard Lloyd Parry in Pyongyang
North Korea’s armed forces are capable of carrying out 13 kinds of viral and bacterial attack, the South Korean Government said yesterday in one of the most detailed assessments of the dictatorship’s biological weapons arsenal.
In a submission to the South Korean National Assembly, the Defence Minister also said that the North had 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, believed to include mustard gas, phosgene and sarin. Among its biological agents are cholera, yellow fever, smallpox, typhus, typhoid fever and dysentery.
Despite the alarming assessment, Kim Tae Young also said that his country’s armed forces had the capacity pre-emptively to destroy about a hundred sites connected to the North’s nuclear programme in the event of an imminent attack.
“We have a complete list of them,” Mr Kim said, adding that the North Korean military may not have achieved the technological breakthroughs necessary to attach nuclear warheads to a missile delivery system or launch them from a bomber.
“It is not clear whether North Korea has nuclear arms,” he said. “But we have sufficient information on the locations where items related to the nuclear programme are stored and where the delivery means are placed.”
It is known that North Korea’s 1.2 million-man armed forces possess significant chemical and biological weapons, but the details announced yesterday emphasise the hardline approach to its neighbour taken by the South Korean Government under the President, Lee Myung Bak.
Yesterday’s statements came as North Korea was pressed from other quarters, including China, whose Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, is in Pyongyang on a rare three-day visit.
Mr Wen had talks with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, which doubtless included ways of persuading the North to return to the multilateral disarmament talks that it renounced this year.