Two B-1B strategic bombers of the US Air Force trained with South Korea's F-15K fighter jets over and near the Korean peninsula in yet another show of force against North Korea, defence authorities here said on Wednesday. Such missions have been conducted immediately after the provocations, but more recently as stand-alone events to demonstrate to North Korea U.S. military capabilities that would counter a North Korean military threat.
North Korean hackers reportedly stole thousands of military documents detailing war plans of South Korea and the USA, including plans to assassinate Kim Jong-un.
"South Korean and US air forces showed off the allies' resolve for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", the JCS said in a statement carried by local news agency Yonhap. There are also serious concerns about North Korea's cyberwarfare capabilities, but the US has been carrying out operations of its own to counter North Korean cyber operations in Northeast Asia and elsewhere.
Late last month the USA flew B-1Bs over worldwide waters close to North Korea's east coast.
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. "And I can tell you who is going to win".
"There is an urgent need for the military to change and update parts that were stolen by North Korea", Lee said.
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.
"We strongly urge North Korea and the United States to stop their bellicose posturing and seriously think about a peaceful solution", it said.
There is no evidence that the attacks were successful, and cybersecurity experts believe that North Korea lacks the ability to disrupt the power grid.
"Ladies and gentlemen, it is right now a diplomatically-led, economically sanction-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path", he said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the Sci-Tech Complex, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 28, 2015.