US Bombers Fly Over Korean Peninsula in Show of Force

Ivan Schwartz
October 13, 2017

"Through the practice this time, South Korean and US Air Forces showed off the allies resolve for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it said.

South Korean and US government officials have been raising their guard against more North Korean provocations with the approach of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of North Korea's ruling party, which fell on Tuesday.

Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of the ruling Democratic Party in South Korea, said hackers stole a blueprint for "Operations Plan 5015" among other things.

North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth nuclear test in recent weeks as it fast advances towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland.

Hackers linked to North Korea reportedly targeted USA electric power companies, according to a leading cybersecurity firm.

Trump's statement to the United Nations, in which he referred to Kim Jung-un as "rocket man", was "insane" and "belligerent", Ri told Russian state news agency TASS on Wednesday.

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.

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He said the North's strategic forces have "inexhaustible power that won't leave aggressor state America unpunished".

North Korea's nuclear weapons development is spooking most Americans, and two-thirds of them say President Donald Trump's war of words with the isolated nation's leader is making the situation worse. Last month he got China to agree to new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea.

A spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said its military was closely monitoring the movements of the North Korean army and maintaining full readiness.

Some joint military plans have been rewritten recently in response to tensions with North Korea, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper described Gates as expressing profound concern during a speech relayed live at an International Bar Association conference in Sydney, citing Trump's tweets about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as becoming excessively inflammatory.

The attacks linked to North Korea have been created to interfere with the distribution of anti-North Korea propaganda and the acquisition of funds as the global community increases economic pressure on the regime, espionage, and possible retaliation.

Two bombers operating out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam carried out the drills, US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

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