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North Korea reportedly hack US-South Korean wartime 'decapitation strike' plans

13 October 2017

North Korean computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its U.S. ally, a report said Tuesday.

During Tuesday's drills, the USA bombers, which flew from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, staged simulated air-to-ground missile striking drills off the peninsula's east coast before flying across the country accompanied by the two South Korean fighters.

North Korea watchers have been on alert for a possible provocation by the communist state in the days surrounding a key holiday Tuesday to mark the founding anniversary of its ruling party.

The North/South joint venture with South Korea was suspended past year to punish the Kim Jong Un government for conducting nuclear and missile tests, and to cut off a possible source of funding for Pyongyang's illicit weapons development program.

- Fears are mounting that North Korea could soon test launch another ballistic missile in response to the US military's drills in the region.

The US bombers had taken off from the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

"Our prime minister has made very clear our support for the USA (policy), but more importantly, our support is for regional stability and security", Payne said.

United States and South Korean wartime operational plans, including a plan to wipe out the North Korean leadership, were stolen by North Korean hackers previous year, a South Korean ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday.

The four aircraft then flew across the peninsula and staged another round of a firing exercise over the Yellow Sea before the two B-IBs returned home, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

North Korea is famous for its outlandish threats of waging war and using nuclear weapons against the United States and its allies.

"We have nearly reached the last point on the journey towards our final goal - to achieve a real balance of power with the United States", he said.

Trump's statement to the United Nations, in which he referred to Kim Jung-un as "rocket man", was "insane" and "belligerent", Ri told Russian state news agency TASS on Wednesday.

A ministry spokesman declined to confirm the report, citing intelligence matters. North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test, reportedly detonating a hydrogen bomb, on September 3, calling it a "perfect success".

This comes after US President Donald Trump last night discussed a "range of options" with his national security team to respond to North Korea's recent nuclear tests. China's influential Global Times tabloid expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone and how it had increased the risk of a "fatal misjudgment".

Even though tensions remain high over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons, Seoul remains committed to dialogue with the North.

"In this region, we now have a joint task group which is traveling through. the region", she said.

Separately, the Navy said a US submarine that is capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles and torpedoes made a port call Saturday at the USA base in the South Korean city of Chinhae.

North Korea reportedly hack US-South Korean wartime 'decapitation strike' plans