Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the bombers flew from Anderson Air Force base in Guam and entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at around 8:50 p.m.

The drill was the first night combined training among U.S., South Korean and Japanese aircraft, according to the Pentagon.

"Flying and training at night with our allies in a safe, effective manner is an important capability shared between the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea and hones the tactical prowess of each nations' aviators", Major Patrick Applegate said in a statement. "This is a clear demonstration of our ability to conduct seamless operations with all of our allies anytime, anywhere".

The regime allegedly breached South Korean defense systems late previous year and stole classified military documents, including allied war plans for a renewed military conflict on the Korean Peninsula and South Korean wartime defense plans.

This year, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the US mainland, and the USA intelligence community assesses it has the technology to miniaturize a nuclear warhead atop it.

Only a fifth of that has so far been identified, but within it is the joint US-South Korean plan in the event of war with the North.

The United States has a rotating squadron of long-range B-1 bombers stationed in Guam known as the "Continuous Bomber Presence".

Trump was responding to a news report that he had said during a meeting at the Pentagon in July that he wanted what amounted to almost a ten-fold increase in the number of US nuclear weapons.

Following increasing threats to fire nuclear missiles from North Korea, South Korea has reportedly developed a type of graphite bomb to cripple Kim Jong-un's regime in the event of an attack.

Commenting on the news is Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, who is investigating hacking groups in North Korea.

The Pentagon also declined to comment specifically on reports of the potential breach, but spokesman Col. Robert Manning said on Tuesday that the U.S. is "confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea".

The North Korean party anniversary passed without any missile launches or nuclear tests, but officials are wary the North could engage in more provocations at any time, especially with China to begin its all-important Communist Party Congress on October 18.

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