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U.S. officials on Thursday said they still weren't sure what motivated an attack on a South Korean warship that was blamed on North Korea or who might succeed leader Kim Jong Il, calling Pyongyang a "black box" that U.S. intelligence has failed to crack.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, senior officials from the Defense and State departments said the attack was an "act of war" that may have been Pyongyang's attempt to goad the U.S. into making concessions in future...
The lack of insight into North Korea's motivations, six months after it allegedly torpedoed a South Korean warship and killed 46 sailors, underscores the difficulty facing the U.S. in trying to rein in the communist regime.