LEFT IN THE DARK

LEFT IN THE DARK: U.S. keeps mum about compact nuke bomb amid N....
In this April 15, 2012 file photo, a North Korean vehicle carrying a missile passes by during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said on April 4, 2013 but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict. The report came hours after North Korea's military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons. It was the North's latest war cry against America in recent weeks, with the added suggestion that it had improved its nuclear technology. (AP file photo)
The United States has kept information on a small but powerful nuclear device close to the chest, even holding it back from close allies Japan and South Korea, despite the...
LEFT IN THE DARK: Secret U.S. military flights carried officials,...
Stephen Bosworth, second from right, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy greets Kim Kye Gwan, First Vice Minister of North Korea's foreign ministry in U.S. representative office for U.N. in New York on July 29, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Senior U.S. administration officials held secret talks in North Korea on at least three occasions in 2011 and 2012, The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
LEFT IN THE DARK: N. Korea assessments hampered by limited or bad...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan has only limited access to U.S. intelligence about North Korea's nuclear program, even though it relies heavily on its ally for an informed view of global threats.
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