North Korean hackers may have stolen a large amount of classified military documents, including the latest South Korea-U.S. wartime operational plan, a South Korean ruling party lawmaker said, Yonhap News reported on Tuesday.
After his keynote speech at the Association of the United States Army conference, Mattis was asked, "what can the US military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean Peninsula?" Neither you nor I can say.
"We are aware the USA government will fundamentally use political, diplomatic and economic methods to achieve North Korean denuclearization, and in order make this more effective, it holds the position that it will leave all options open".
Separately on Wednesday, cyber security firm FireEye said in a statement North Korea-affiliated agents were detected attempting to phish United States electric companies via emails sent in mid-September, although these attempts did not lead to a disruption in the power supply. "So if you're ready, that's your duty at this point and time, and I know the Army will always do its duty", he also said.
In recent weeks, the american president has, among other statements, threatened to "destroy totally" the North Korea, but several of his ministers to ensure that their side continue to give preference to diplomatic channels to resolve this crisis.
"The operations plan that they are referring to is a bilateral plan, so the Republic of Korea-US alliance remains steadfast in their commitment to make sure they safeguard that information and ensure readiness on the Korean peninsula to counter any North Korean threats", Manning said.
Jim Mattis urges US Army to 'be ready' with military options for tackling North Korea
North Korea has denied the hacking claims.
But Lee said the theft included Operational Plan 5015, the United States and South Korea's current plan for war with North Korea. The messages seem to suggest that the president considers military action the most viable approach to handling North Korea.
The global community has spoken, but that means the U.S. Army must stand ready. It has around 40,000 military personnel in Japan, roughly 2,600 of which are in the Army.
The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea.
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