Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

12 October, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho gets into a car before heading to the US last month

U.S. B-1 bomber, center, flies over Osan Air Base with US jets in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

The South Korean military added that the regular deployment training is aimed at enhancing extended deterrence capabilities against North Korea.

South Korean and US government officials have been raising their guard against more North Korean provocations with the approach of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, which fell on Tuesday.

The United States, meanwhile, staged another show of force meant to deter any North Korean aggression by flying two B-1B supersonic bombers Tuesday night from an air base in the US territory of Guam to the South for drills with South Korean fighter jets.

He said: "The recent North Korea cyber hack may relate to the reported August 2016 compromise of the South Korean ministry of defence".

If the United States and North Korea went to war, what kinds of targets would Pyongyang want to strike with its nuclear arsenal? Pyongyang belatedly responded by relocating some of its military aircraft to its east coast, the National Intelligence Service then said.


The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release.

Reports of reconnaissance on United States utilities follow earlier reports alleging DPRK spies stole a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.

A pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's leadership would be hard to undertake, but it's widely seen as the most realistic of the limited military options Seoul has to deny a nuclear attack from its rival. Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of the ruling Democratic Party who also sits on a defense panel, told the media outlet that about 80 percent what the classified documents contained have yet to be identified, but they included contingency plans for South Korea's special forces, reports to allied commanders and information on key military installations and power plants in the South.

Seoul says North Korea has repeatedly staged cyberattacks on South Korean business and government websites. More recently, Seoul accused North Korea of having hacked, stolen and leaked sensitive military secrets and Seoul-Washington war plans.

North Korea has yet to comment on either the bombing drills or the hacking claims.

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