A recurring theme from American conservatives is the need to avoid making the CIA come across as incompetent because such attitudes only aid terrorists. The same people who never predicted the downfall of the Soviet Union or the possibility of terrorist attacks on America are completely in the dark about what is going on inside North Korea.
South and North Korean officials recently held meetings to discuss the improvement of relations between their countries. The talks came days after several North Korean diplomats flew south to attend the funeral of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung.
During the past month, Bill Clinton was allowed to enter North Korea and negotiate the release of two Americans being held on spy charges. Governor Bill Richardson met with North Korean diplomats to discuss issues between their countries. I believe it is fair for the CIA to offer some insight into possible leadership changes in North Korea or an explanation for what is happening.
On the other hand, for safety sake, don’t hold your breath waiting for the CIA to explain anything.