North Korea Targeted US Electric Power Companies

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A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said last month that the more sanctions the USA and its allies impose on North Korea, the faster the nation will work to develop its nuclear weapons programme, according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency.

In a move expected to anger North Korea, the bombers took part in firing drills with South Korean F-15K fighter jets over waters to the east and west of the peninsula.

Senior diplomats of the United States, Japan and South Korea are to meet on October 18 in Seoul to discuss North Korea's evolving nuclear and missile threats, according to the South Korean foreign ministry. Pyongyang has historically conducted tests on noteworthy anniversaries and holidays such as a missile test on July 4 for America's Independence Day.

A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Robert Manning, said he was aware of the report, but declined to confirm or deny any aspect of it."I can assure you that we are confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea", Manning said."I am not going to address whether or not that [hack] has occurred". Two days previous to that comment the president said on the social media platform that Pyongyang had violated agreements "before the ink was dry, making fools of US negotiators".

China, North Korea's closest ally, has suggested that Pyongyang freeze its nuclear missile development while the U.S. stop conducting military exercises with the South that raise fears in North Korea.

If confirmed, such a hack would be a major blow for South Korea at a time when its relations with North Korea are at a low point.

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Documents including wartime contingency plans put together with the U.S. were stolen from South Korea's defence ministry.

Tensions between the USA 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.

This positive process is worth a try", said an editorial in the state mouthpiece Global Times, following yesterday's military exercises."War would be a nightmare for the Korean Peninsula and surrounding regions.

President Trump hosted a discussion on options to respond to any North Korean aggression, or, if necessary, to prevent Pyongyang from threatening the USA and its allies with nuclear weapons, the White House said in a statement.

Information on South Korea's special forces was also reportedly accessed, as well as important details on significant power plants and military facilities in the South.

The training was part of a programme of "extended deterrence" against North Korea, it added.

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