Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Senior diplomats of S. Korea, US to discuss NK nuke issue

Senior diplomats of S. Korea, US to discuss NK nuke issue

Reports of reconnaissance on U.S. 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.

Visits by USA warships and bombers along with regular joint exercises with the South infuriate North Korea, which considers them a sign of aggression and a rehearsal for an invasion. North Korea's possession of secret war plans would require a major overhaul of how South Korea and its ally Washington would respond if there's another war on the Korean Peninsula.

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 a year ago stole the classified U.S.

In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated into our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the USA and the south Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the objective of carrying out a state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged heated rhetoric in recent weeks.

Hackers linked to North Korea reportedly targeted US electric power companies, according to a leading cybersecurity firm.

News of the hack is likely to further fuel tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, as leaders of the two countries have been exchanging insults over Pyongyang's recent missile tests. -South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North Korean leadership.

After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the release said.

The claim appeared in the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Monday as part of a larger article affirming North Korea's alleged commitment to fighting terrorism and the state's assertion that the United States is the greatest perpetrator of terrorist acts in the world.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department reportedly began preparing charges against multiple Chinese middlemen on allegations that they helped North Korean hackers to steal $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh in February 2016 (see Report: DOJ Sees Bangladesh Heist Tie to 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.

Suspicions that Pyongyang may have stolen intel from South Korea will do nothing to de-escalate tensions with the USA, which are already at a 50-year high following the North's rocket tests.

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

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