Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Blackout bombs: South Korea's reply to North Korea's nuclear threat

Howard Terry | 11 October, 2017, 00:24

North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents, including US-South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North, a South Korean legislator is quoted as saying.

A South Korean MP cited newly released government documents which said that North Korean hackers successfully penetrated the intranet of Seoul's ministry of defence previous year, and stole 235 gigabytes of data.

However, the extent of the breach is still unknown, as around 80 per cent of the contents of the 235 gigabytes of leaked data is yet to be identified, Mr Rhee said. Political experts believe that the US President was hinting the possibility of a military action against North Korea if the country continues its blind nuclear ambitions.

The inter-Korean industrial park in the DPRK's border city of Kaesong was unilaterally closed down by the previous Park Geun-hye government of South Korea following Pyongyang's fourth nuclear test in January a year ago. US President Donald Trump later dismissed any prospect of talks with North Korea as a waste of time.

South Korea's Yonhap News reports that the Trump administration sent an advance team around the country in September to scout possible locations for Trump's visit.

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)'s report, released last month, said a war between the two countries could be triggered by either side but would not be "surgical nor short", and claimed the UK would be left with nothing more than a few hours to make a decision about its response.

South Korean warships including the nation's first Aegis destroyer, Sejongdaewang (L), in this file photo.

A Russian lawmaker who visited Pyongyang last week, today warned Kim's team claimed the North possesses a ballistic missile which will be able to reach U.S. territory after it is modernised.

A South Korean Aegis destroyer has also been deployed.

North Korea has tested almost two dozen ballistic missiles this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile able to strike parts, if not most, of the continental US, and a staged thermonuclear bomb with an explosive yield significantly higher than anything the regime has previously tested.

North Korea has denied playing any part, accusing South Korea of making up the claim.

Trump was expected to send a significant message to North Korea, either verbally or "kinetically", during his first trip to the peninsula as U.S. commander-in-chief, the source said.

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