Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

Chris Murphy
South Korea claims North hacked nuclear attack response plans
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12 October, 2017

This positive process is worth a try", said an editorial in the state mouthpiece Global Times, following yesterday's military exercises."War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions.

Joined by South Korean F-15K fighters, the B-1Bs simulated air to ground missile firing over the East Sea.

North Korea's foreign minister has said Donald Trump "has lit the wick of a war", according to a Russian state news agency.

Rep. Lee Cheol-hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic Party who sits on the National Defense Committee, said defense sources told him that North Korean hackers past year stole the classified U.S. The South Korean defence ministry has so far refused to comment on the breach, which reportedly dates back to last September.

A USA submarine with the capability of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles also made a port call in the South Korean city of Chinhae on Saturday, the Navy said.

While North Korea was not able to hack US power companies, there are concerns among some of observers that the regime may attempt to damage the power grid by detonating a nuclear device at a high altitude above the USA, triggering an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). As part of the exercise, two American B-1 bombers and South Korean and Japanese fighter jets flew over the Korean Peninsula.

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A spokesman from South Korea's Defense Ministry declined to comment, saying the information is classified.

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.

Trump, meeting with members of his national security team, discussed "a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker who sis on its parliamentary defence committee, said 235GB of military documents were swiped from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, adding that 80 per cent of these documents have yet to be identified.

It would mark the first such talks since the U.S.

Pictured: North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.


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