May 25th, 2009
08:50 AM ET
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North Korea's reported nuclear test no surprise, Mullen says

Adm. Mike Mullen says it will take a few days to verify that North Korea conducted a nuclear test.
Adm. Mike Mullen says it will take a few days to verify that North Korea conducted a nuclear test.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - North Korea's reported nuclear test did not come as a surprise to the United States, the top-ranking U.S. military officer said Monday.

"We weren't surprised because of recent statements by North Korean leadership that they intended to do this," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN's "American Morning."

"As you know, they also recently ... unsuccessfully launched potentially an intercontinental ballistic missile."

North Korea announced on Monday that it had conducted a second nuclear test. The North had threatened to do so unless the U.N. Security Council apologized for imposing sanctions on North Korea when it tested a rocket on April 5.

In a one-two punch, the secretive communist state also apparently test-fired a short-range missile on Monday, the White House said.

Mullen said it will take a couple of days to verify Monday's reported test, but he added, "there's no indication that it wasn't as they say."

He said the reported test shows Pyongyang is becoming "increasingly belligerent."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Paula

    Don't worry Comrads, our fearless leader will blame it all on us and apologize to N. Korea for our bad behavior.

    May 25, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Just Say No to Socialism

    Got to love how that diplomacy is working. We know the UN is a joke and an embarrassment, maybe Obama and Biden can talk them to death, I know they usually put me to sleeep!!

    May 25, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. LOL

    Okay fine North Korea is a lost cause....Can we please please stop Iran before they get the bomb too?

    May 25, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |