US Flew Bombers Over Korean Peninsula Late Tuesday, South Korea Says

Marie Harrington
October 12, 2017

On Tuesday, a South Korean lawmaker said North Korean hackers had reportedly stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, including a wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.

Rhee, now a member of the National Assembly's committee for national defence, said about 80 percent of the hacked data has not yet been identified, but that none of the information was expected to have compromised the South Korean military as it was not top classified intelligence.

The U.S., South Korea and Japan conducted a joint military drill Tuesday night in the Far East region amid the heightened tensions between North Korea and America. Operational Plan 3100 details how to respond to North Korean provocations, Yonhap reports.

Two U.S. Air Force bombers flew over North Korea on Tuesday night, in a demonstration aimed at deterring North Korean military activity on the 72nd anniversary of the regime's ruling party, Reuters reported.

The hackers broke into the computer networks of South Korea's defense ministry a year ago and pilfered classified military documents that detailed military operations in case war broke out on the Korean peninsula, South Korea's state news agency Yonhap reported. Defense officials refused to comment when reached by other media.

The bomber drill came as US President Donald Trump on Tuesday discussed "a range of options" with his national security team to respond to North Korea's recent missile and nuclear tests.

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

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However, Trump said he still had confidence in the secretary of state.

The North's missile and nuclear capabilities have made significant progress under Kim, who on Saturday told party officials that the country's atomic weapons were a "treasured sword" to protect it from aggression.

He revealed that around 235 gigabytes of military documents had been stolen from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, and that 80% of them have yet to be identified.

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

U.S. B-1 bomber, center, flies over Osan Air Base with USA jets in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

The U.S. has been pursuing a strategy of "maximum pressure" on North Korea, applying diplomatic and economic pressure multilaterally and unilaterally.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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