North Korea hacking bitcoin exchanges along with threatening nuclear war

Guam's US naval base

"We (lawmakers) heard (from the NIS) that as the flight was close to midnight, the North might have not anticipated it at all, or the North might have been unable to take action as its radar or other systems could not clearly detect it", Lee told reporters.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Monday that Trump's Twitter comments that leader Kim Jong Un and Ri "won't be around much longer" if they acted on their threats amounted to a declaration of war and that Pyongyang had the right to take countermeasures.

A spokesperson for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) told Efe news that this information, which was transmitted to a parliamentary committee by a member of the intelligence services, was yet to be confirmed.

Hours after the flights Sunday, a North Korean government propaganda website posted a video portraying US warplanes and an aircraft carrier being destroyed by attacks. But he acknowledged risks of escalation with any US military option.

Pyongyang conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3 and has launched dozens of missiles this year as it accelerates a programme aimed at enabling it to target the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile. But, the video was done using very simple computer animation.

"If US planes remain off-shore, they would be reasonably safe", said Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

North Korea has threatened to shoot down U.S. bombers flying near the Korean peninsula, but it would have difficulty matching its words with action given its ageing air defence systems mostly dating to the Cold War, military experts said.

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She told reporters she held a series of meaningful talks with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in NY, and with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton and National Security Council Asia Director Matt Pottinger in Washington.

The rogue state is alleged by South Korea to have been intentionally targeting bitcoin exchanges be it rather poorly, a bit like its missile technology. In 1969, a North Korean fighter jet shot down an unarmed US reconnaissance plane and killed all 31 crewmembers on board. That year, a U.S. Army helicopter was shot down near the heavily militarized border killing one of the pilots.

North Korea has been boosting defenses on its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, after the North said President Donald Trump had declared war and that it would shoot down USA bombers flying near the Korean peninsula.

Speaking at his Senate reappointment hearing, Dunford said "the military dimension today is in full support of the economic and diplomatic pressure campaign" that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is leading on North Korea.

In Washington on Tuesday, the top USA military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, said he had not seen a change in the military posture of North Korean forces despite the heightened rhetoric. The surviving pilot said after his release he was pressured by North Korean officials to confess that the helicopter had crossed into North Korea.

"Despite recent external and internal factors, I think South Korea is still an attractive investment option with sound economic fundamentals", Paik said. Another missile system, the SA-5, has a longer range of 250km, but it relies on old technology which U.S. aircraft could beat, Rand Corp's Mr Bennett said.


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