US Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula in Show of Force

Marcus Newton
October 13, 2017

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday (Oct 11) that his attitude is "the one that matters" when it comes to resolving the impasse over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.

If confirmed, the reported hacking attack by the North would be a major blow for South Korea at a time when its relations with rival North Korea are at a low point.

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

To make the complex fully operational again, North Korea would also be hard pressed to replace the electricity supply that came from South Korea, according to the Kaesong business owners.

The secretive state has been suspected of carrying out cyber attacks on South Korean electric utilities as well as on other government and financial institutions.

In a tweet on Saturday, the president stated, "Only one thing will work" and an aide told the media that Trump is telegraphing that "military options are on the table".

USA president Donald Trump has "lit the wick of war" with North Korea and his country will be made to pay with "a hail of fire", a Russian news agency quoted North Korea's foreign minister as saying on Wednesday.

The defense minister announced, meanwhile, that a group of Australian military forces will soon arrive in South Korea as part of its Indo-Pacific defense activities. No action by the North was observed during the 12-hour mission.

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The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a news release. The aircraft then conducted similar simulated air to ground striking drills off the peninsula's west coast, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry.

Jimmy Carter, the 93-year-old former United States president, has reportedly indicated that he is willing to travel to Pyongyang to meet North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in an effort to head off a military clash in Northeast Asia.

"There is an urgent need for the military to change and update parts that were stolen by North Korea", Lee said.

A Russian lawmaker who recently visited Pyongyang told media that North Korea is preparing to test a ballistic missile that can strike the U.S. west coast. 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.

Seoul says North Korea has repeatedly staged cyberattacks on South Korean business and government websites.

Lee said that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken, but the military has yet to identify 80 percent of the documents that were compromised.

According to one South Korean lawmaker, the country's hackers stole military plans developed by the United States and South Korea a year ago.

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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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