, the window it has opened into that repressive and isolated nation, and questions tonight about why the u.s. didn't know more, didn't know sooner about the death of
-il. our chief foreign correspondent
is in our washington newsroom tonight with more on that. andrea, good evening.
good evening, brian.
's mastery of
was on full display today as the
tried to convey continuity. and why the u.s. didn't know
-il was dead for two days. the sobbing began on cue, broadcast on state tv with the announcement of
-il's death. a glass coffin for the man known as
. paying his respects, his untested son and heir,
-un. in a choreographed show of relief. battalions of organized mourners appeared on command. an emotional outpouring that reminds some of a cult.
it has both elements of a cult and elements of a mafia. you you have to think of the two of those together. mafia with the
their standards of living is inconceivable to the starving millions outside the capital. this satellite image taken just six years ago, illustrates the stark contrast.
thriving brightly lit.
in mere total darkness. its isolation makes it difficult for american intelligence, which picks up no warning that kim was dead. how is that possible?
you have a government that's fairly compartmentalized. given all of those things, it is a very difficult place to collect accurate and analyze information.
was builds a nuclear reactor in syria. until israel showed the
pictures and bombed it. two years later, they built a sprawling plant undetected.
he'll need to show something. he needs to show a very skeptical public that he's in charge. and one of the time honored ways that's done in
is what we would consider a provocation.
tonight senior u.s. officials defend the work of the cia saying, the key point is not marking the exact moment the dictator dies but having a solid framework to assess what may come next. that, of course, is the next test.
on the period of uncertainty that arrived this weekend on the news. andrea,