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

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has previously threatened the US and South Korea over what the Stalinist state deems aggressive military drills

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has previously threatened the US and South Korea over what the Stalinist state deems aggressive military drills

Trump slammed more than two decades of USA policy toward North Korea on Twitter on Monday, saying past action to quell the crisis "didn't work".

On Saturday, a US nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in South Korea.

The US military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defence officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea.

North Korea has test-fired several missiles and conducted what it said was a test explosion of a hydrogen bomb as it advances toward its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.

The Corporate Association of Kaesong Industrial Complex that represents the 123 South Korean manufacturing companies that operated factories in the North Korean facility said Thursday it wants to send a delegation to inspect their property.

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

It was the first time US Pacific Command B-1B Lancers have conducted combined training with Japanese and South Korean fighter aircraft at night, the US military said in a statement. President Trump has repeatedly threatened to destroy North Korea.

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The Defense Ministry after an investigation said in May that North Korea was likely behind the hacking of the Defense Integrated Data Center in September previous year, but had refused to confirm media speculation that the decapitation strike plan was compromised. Some military experts believe that power supply problems make it hard for North Korea to turn on its air defense radars for 24 hours a day and also that the systems might struggle to effectively track advanced warplanes such as B-1Bs, which have low radar-cross sections.

The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.

Mr Trump also mocked Kim Jong-un, calling the regime's leader "Rocket Man".

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have intensified in recent months as the Trump administration has struggled to rein in Kim Jong-un's expanding nuclear and ballistic weapons programme. In May the ministry said North Korea had hacked into Seoul's military intranet but did not say what had been leaked. But Kim, the third generation of his family to rule, is officially revered in the North, and any suggestion of removing him from power is taken extremely seriously in Pyongyang. "What we now need to see is "chapter two" [toward a resolution of North Korean nuclear issue]", he continued.

Analysts believe that North Korea would welcome the possibility of talks as it would be both a propaganda coup and serve to legitimize the regime.

Professor Park, who first claimed that Carter is considering travelling to Pyongyang, has visited North Korea on at least 50 occasions and Shigemura suggested that the idea may have actually originated in Pyongyang.

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