North Korean hackers stole war plans developed by Seoul, Washington

South Korean wartime emergency plans and other military documents were stolen by North Korean hackers, according to a lawmaker in Seoul. Among the documents was a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.

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A South Korean lawmaker stated Tuesday that North Korean hackers stole many intelligence and military documents from the defense ministry’s data center. One of the documents was a plan to assassinate North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and other senior members of the regime in Pyongyang.

Another file included wartime emergency plans for South Korea, which were prepared by Washington and Seoul and included reports about the readiness of the South’s special forces and information about central power plants and military bases. The South Korean Defense Ministry refused to comment on the reports about the hack.

South Korean lawmaker Rhee Cheol-hee said that about 235 gigabytes of files were stolen and about 80 percent of the information has yet to be identified. The reports claim that the hackers infiltrated the computer system in September 2016. In May 2017, when South Korea asserted that hackers from the North stole a large amount of data, Pyongyang dismissed the claim.

Meanwhile, the Russian news agency Interfax reported this morning that the North Korean leadership informed senior Russian officials that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers (about 1,864 miles) and after a few adjustments, it will be able to reach the US. The news agency cited Russian lawmaker Anton Morozov, who was in North Korea last week. Morozov added that Pyongyang plans to increase the range of its missiles to 9,000 kilometers (about 5,592 miles).

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Israeli officials warn Pyongyang’s nuclear test could affect Middle East | JerusalemOnline

After North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test, Israeli officials are warning that Iran may decide to go against the international community and develop nuclear weapons, which could lead to a serious nuclear arms race in the region.

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When North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb yesterday, the reclusive state’s leader Kim Jong-un put an end to the arguments about his nuclear capabilities. Kim’s hydrogen bomb, which is 20 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, is a serious threat to the United States, with the potential to cause widespread destruction along America’s west coast.

Officials in Israel are very concerned about Kim’s latest show of force. According to them, the Japanese and South Korean responses to the test have the potential to impact the situation in the Middle East. According to them, if Japan and South Korea enter the nuclear arms race in order to counter Pyongyang’s growing strength, countries in the region will take notice.

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The officials are claiming that if Iran sees that other countries are developing nuclear weapons, Tehran may try to break away from the nuclear agreement and develop nuclear weapons. North Korea’s technology has already been passed along to Iran. In addition, Pyongyang has already tried to set up a nuclear plant in Syria in an attempt to establish a foothold in the Middle East.

If Iran publicly joins the nuclear arms race, the officials warned, other countries in the Middle East- mainly Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey- will also seek to develop nuclear weapons. The Israeli officials are concerned about this possible series of events, which could end up changing the strategic balance of power in the region.

This morning, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced that there is intelligence indicating that Pyongyang is preparing another intercontinental ballistic missile test. In addition, it was announced that four defense missile system batteries were placed south of Seoul Monday.

 

Source: Israeli officials warn Pyongyang’s nuclear test could affect Middle East | JerusalemOnline

BLINK: Kim Jong-Un Cancels Missile Attack On Guam As James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Warns U.S. Will Shoot It Down • Now The End Begins

North Korea’s state-controlled media reported last week on preparations for test firing four missiles, saying they would be aimed in the direction of Guam but splash down before reaching it. President Donald Trump pledged to meet new saber rattling from the communist country with ‘fire and fury.’ ‘If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about an attack – of anybody that we love or we represent, or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,’ Trump warned on Thursday. ‘And they should be, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.’
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Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that if North Korea launches a missile in the direction of Guam, U.S. armed forces ‘will take it out.’ And he warned that ‘if they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly.’

EDITOR’S NOTE: President Trump is doing exactly what he and his administration need to do in defusing the missile strike threat from North Korea. When things reached a peak last week, we asked who will blink first as the saber-rattling ratcheted up. Kim Jong-Un blinked first, and very wisely so. Appointing ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as the Secretary of Defense was an excellent  choice. 

The Pentagon chief told reporters during a half-hour media availability that the Defense Department can determine where an airborne missile is headed ‘within moments’ of a launch.

And if a missile from dictator Kim Jong-Un is seen as threatening Guam, a tiny U.S. Pacific island 2,100 miles from Pyongyang, ‘then it’s game on,’ Mattis declared, ‘and we will try and do our best to make sure it does not hit the United States.’

‘We will defend the country from any attack at any time from any quarter,’ he said.

Sec. Mattis: If North Korea fires at the US, it’s ‘game on’

North Korea’s state-controlled media reported last week on preparations for test firing four missiles, saying they would be aimed in the direction of Guam but splash down before reaching it.

President Donald Trump pledged to meet new saber rattling from the communist country with ‘fire and fury.’

‘If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about an attack – of anybody that we love or we represent, or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous,’ Trump warned on Thursday.

‘And they should be, because things will happen to them like they never thought possible.’

‘North Korea better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble,’ the president said.

On Friday he tweeted that ‘military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded.’

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, wouldn’t say on Monday whether the U.S. would respond militarily to a missile launch in Guam’s direction that appeared to intentionally miss the target.

‘If it falls short of Guam, then it becomes an issue that we take up however the president chooses,’ he said.

‘You can’t make all the decisions in advance. There are a host of things going on,’ he added. ‘I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this because I am not going to tell them what I’ll do in each case.’

But Mattis insisted the U.S. military stands ready to fight a belligerent North Korea if the president decides to engage.

‘The bottom line is we will defend the country, and for us that’s war,’ he explained.

‘You don’t shoot at people in this world unless you bear the consequences.’ source

 

Source: BLINK: Kim Jong-Un Cancels Missile Attack On Guam As James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Warns U.S. Will Shoot It Down • Now The End Begins

President Trump Calls Emergency Meeting To Formulate ‘Measured Response’ To North Korea ICBM Missile Launch • Now The End Begins

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later confirmed the latest missile test was with an intercontinental ballistic missile. And Tillerson says that’s a new escalation of the threat posed to the United States and the world by North Korea.  The US has also requested a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council on North Korea’s latest missile launch, a spokesman for the US mission to the United Nations says.
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President Donald Trump called an emergency meeting on the Fourth of July to formulate a ‘measured response’ to North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile test, amid fears it could reach as far as Alaska.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The United States today confirmed that North Korea did in fact successfully test launch an inter-continental ballistic missile Monday night, a missile that is absolutely of reaching any part of Alaska. Today, President Trump called for an emergency meeting to discuss what the official US response is going to be. Something tells me that it’s not going to be more sanctions.

North Korea declared Tuesday that it had finally achieved its dream of building an intercontinental ballistic missile, saying it would ‘fundamentally put an end to the US nuclear war threat and blackmail’.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later confirmed the latest missile test was with an intercontinental ballistic missile. And Tillerson says that’s a new escalation of the threat posed to the United States and the world by North Korea.

The launch, which came as the United States prepared to mark its Independence Day, triggered a Twitter outburst from Trump who urged China to ‘put a heavy move’ on North Korea to ‘end this nonsense once and for all’.

US military and national security officials are now holding the unexpected meeting to determine if leader Kim Jong-un’s claim his country fired an intercontinental missile is true, Trump administration sources told CNN.

The US has also requested a closed-door meeting of the United Nations Security Council on North Korea’s latest missile launch, a spokesman for the US mission to the United Nations says.

The spokesman said the meeting of the 15-member council was likely to be scheduled for Wednesday.

If data and intelligence proves the ICBM was launched, officials say Trump would potentially approve a ‘measured response’ to deal with North Korea. Potential responses include sending additional troops to the region and possibly more sanctions.

North Korea has long sought to build a rocket capable of delivering an atomic warhead to the United States – something Trump has vowed ‘won’t happen’.

In an announcement of the missile test, North Korean officials called the launch, which leader Kim Jong-un supervised, a ‘glistening miracle’.

The Hwasong-14 ICBM reached an altitude of about 1,741 miles (2,802 kilometres) and flew 579 miles (933 kilometres) for 39 minutes before hitting a target area on the sea off the east coast, according to North Korea.

Washington, Japan and South Korea gave similar figures, and US experts said the trajectory implied the device could reach Alaska.

North Korea is subject to multiple sets of United Nations sanctions over its atomic and missile programs, which it says it needs to protect itself against a possible invasion. It regularly issues bloodcurdling threats against its ‘imperialist enemy’ Washington, and has long sought a rocket capable of delivering a warhead to the continental United States.

Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday and called on North Korea, South Korea and the US to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse tensions around Pyongyang’s missile program.

The plan would see North Korea suspend its ballistic missile program and the US and South Korea simultaneously call a moratorium on large-scale missile exercises, both moves aimed at paving the way for multilateral talks.

The initiative was set out in a joint statement from the Russian and Chinese foreign ministries issued shortly after President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping held wide-ranging talks in the Kremlin.

Russia and China both share a land border with North Korea and have been involved in past efforts to try to calm tensions between Pyongyang and the West.

Moscow and Beijing used the same joint declaration to call on Washington to immediately halt deployment of its THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea, a move Washington says is necessitated by the North Korean missile threat.

North Korea’s missile launch on Tuesday prompted control specialist Jeffrey Lewis to respond on Twitter: ‘That’s it. It’s an ICBM. An ICBM that can hit Anchorage not San Francisco, but still.’

David Wright, of the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote on the organisation’s allthingsnuclear blog that the available figures implied the missile ‘could reach a maximum range of roughly 6,700 km on a standard trajectory’.

‘That range would not be enough to reach the lower 48 states or the large islands of Hawaii, but would allow it to reach all of Alaska.’ source

 

Source: President Trump Calls Emergency Meeting To Formulate ‘Measured Response’ To North Korea ICBM Missile Launch • Now The End Begins

Pentagon Deploys 3rd US Naval Strike Force To Deter North Korea From Their Nuclear Ambitions • Now The End Begins

North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is seen as a major security challenge for President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent the country from being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.
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The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, two sources have told VOA.

The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, in the western Pacific, the sources told VOA’s Steve Herman.

The U.S. military has rarely simultaneously deployed three aircraft carriers to the same region.

But North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threat is seen as a major security challenge for President Donald Trump, who has vowed to prevent the country from being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile, a capability experts say Pyongyang could have some time after 2020.

Sitting alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said Friday just before the start of Group of Seven (G-7) meetings in Sicily that G-7 leaders would have a “particular focus on the North Korea problem.”

US Navy Show Of Might Near North Korea:

A White House statement issued Friday said the two leaders have agreed to “enhance sanctions on North Korea” in an attempt to prevent the further development of North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

US tests missile defense system

The U.S. military, meanwhile, will test a system to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time next week.It is intended to simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S.

The Missile Defense Agency said it will test an existing missile defense system on Tuesday to try to intercept an ICBM. The Pentagon has used the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system to intercept other types of missiles, but never an ICBM.

The GMD has been inconsistent, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts against missiles without intercontinental range capability since 1999.

The most recent test, in June 2014, was successful — but three straight subsequent tests were failures. source

 

Source: Pentagon Deploys 3rd US Naval Strike Force To Deter North Korea From Their Nuclear Ambitions • Now The End Begins

North Korea Modernizes Weapons Program And Is On An Accelerated Path To Build Nuclear ICBMs • Now The End Begins

North Korea has said through state media that it has no choice but to advance its nuclear and missile development to defend itself from attack. It has said its weapons program is impervious to sanctions and is already capable of hitting the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.
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North Korea’s launch on Sunday of its most-sophisticated missile yet offered new clues into how serious the country is in its nuclear ambitions

In the past three years, North Korea has launched more major missiles than in the three previous decades combined. That acceleration is one of the most dramatic signs of leader Kim Jong Un’s push to overhaul the country’s weapons program since he took power in late 2011. He has modernized production of nuclear and missile parts, upgraded the program within the military hierarchy and overtly pampered engineers, forcing Western leaders to worry more about Pyongyang’s intentions than ever before.

On Sunday, North Korea launched a newly developed intermediate-range missile, its 10th missile firing this year. Mr. Kim attended the test of the nuclear-capable missile and described it as a “perfect weapon system,” according to a state media report. Initial projections from several experts suggested it would be able to reach U.S. military forces in Guam.

Even apparent failed missile launches, like one that blew up within minutes on April 28, are now seen by independent experts as signs of North Korea’s progress. Learning from those failures would move the regime closer to its ultimate goal of mastering a long-range missile that could threaten the U.S. with nuclear attack.

North Korea warns that nuclear-armed missile can strike U.S. territory:

For decades, Mr. Kim’s father and grandfather used the country’s missile program to gain leverage in diplomatic talks and revenue from weapon exports. Technological advances came slowly. That changed when Kim Jong Il died and was succeeded by his youngest son, believed to be 33 years old.

The dictator has shown no interest in negotiating with the U.S. about the missile program, and North Korea’s nuclear ambition and skill are advancing much more quickly.

The country is conducting missile tests with the frequency needed to ensure the weapons can be reliably used in conflict. A range of recent breakthroughs has forced the U.S. and its allies to review their missile defenses.

Could North Korea trigger a nuclear war?

“Kim Jong Un very much wants to reach out and touch the homeland,” Gen. Lori Robinson, head of the U.S. Northern Command, the part of the military responsible for defending the U.S. mainland, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in April.

Tackling the threat could become an early point of tension between U.S. President Donald Trump, who is trying to pressure Pyongyang into changing course, and new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who favors diplomacy and economic engagement with North Korea. North Korea has said through state media that it has no choice but to advance its nuclear and missile development to defend itself from attack. It has said its weapons program is impervious to sanctions and is already capable of hitting the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile. source

 

Source: North Korea Modernizes Weapons Program And Is On An Accelerated Path To Build Nuclear ICBMs • Now The End Begins

North Korea Says ‘All Out War’ With America Is Coming Vows To Test Fire Missiles Weekly Now • Now The End Begins

The country’s foreign minister threatened the US with an “all out war” if Trump is “reckless enough to use military means” in a terrifying show of force from the hermit state. Han Song-Ryol said: “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.”
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North  Korea has warned “nuclear war could break out at any moment” as the country vowed to test missiles weekly

The country’s foreign minister threatened the US with an “all out war” if Trump is “reckless enough to use military means” in a terrifying show of force from the hermit state.

Han Song-Ryol said: “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.”

US weighing options after North Korea missile test:

Speaking in a press conference from Pyongyang, Song-Ryal said it is “crystal clear” Trump is “hell bent” on prompting war with North Korea.

He added: “A nuclear war could break out at any moment on the Korean Peninsula.

“The United States are disturbing the peace and global stability, insisting in a gangster logic.”

North Korea “on the brink of war” with the U.S.?

It was earlier revealed most of North Korea’s military bases are buried deep underground and in mountains.

Experts says it is the most heavily-fortified country in the world. source

 

Source: North Korea Says ‘All Out War’ With America Is Coming Vows To Test Fire Missiles Weekly Now • Now The End Begins