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U.S. Implicates North Korean Leader in Attack

Posted By admin On May 23, 2010 @ 3:48 am In World News | Comments Disabled

DAVID E. SANGER
NY Times [1]
May 23, 2010

WASHINGTON — A new American intelligence analysis of a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship concludes that Kim Jong-il, the ailing leader of North Korea, must have authorized the torpedo assault, according to senior American officials who cautioned that the assessment was based on their sense of the political dynamics there rather than hard evidence.

The officials said they were increasingly convinced that Mr. Kim ordered the sinking of the ship, the Cheonan, to help secure the succession of his youngest son.

“We can’t say it is established fact,” said one senior American official who was involved in the highly classified assessment, based on information collected by many of the country’s 16 intelligence agencies. “But there is very little doubt, based on what we know about the current state of the North Korean leadership and the military.”

Nonetheless, both the conclusion and the timing of the assessment could be useful to the United States as it seeks to rally support against North Korea.

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[1] NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/23/world/asia/23korea.html?hp

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[3] South Korean ship with 104 on board sinks after ‘torpedo attack by North Korea’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/breaking-news-south-korean-ship-with-104-on-board-sinks-after-torpedo-attack-by-north-korea.html

[4] North Korean Leader Orders Military to Ready for Combat: http://www.prisonplanet.com/north-korean-leader-orders-military-to-ready-for-combat.html

[5] North Korean diplomat: ‘War may break out at any moment’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/north-korean-diplomat-%e2%80%98war-may-break-out-at-any-moment%e2%80%99.html

[6] North Korean leader Kim collapsed last month: report: http://www.prisonplanet.com/north-korean-leader-kim-collapsed-last-month-report.html

[7] South Korean TV networks and banks suffer computer crashes after suspected cyber-attack from the North: http://www.prisonplanet.com/south-korean-tv-networks-and-banks-suffer-computer-crashes-after-suspected-cyber-attack-from-the-north.html

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