S.Korea, US to hold vice-ministerial strategic dialogue next week

S.Korea, US to hold vice-ministerial strategic dialogue next week

S.Korea, US to hold vice-ministerial strategic dialogue next week

The South Korean military added that the regular deployment training is aimed at enhancing extended deterrence capabilities against North Korea. In August, Pyongyang threatened to shoot intermediate range missiles towards the vicinity of Guam, a target frequently subjected to sabre-rattling from the North.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump met top officials from his National Security team on Tuesday night for a briefing on ways to respond to threats from North Korea, the White House said.

The exercises came hours after a South Korean lawmaker claimed North Korean hackers had stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, "including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, and wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea", reports the BBC.

A spokesman from South Korea's Defense Ministry declined to comment, saying the information is classified.

After entering South Korean airspace, the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill, the release said.

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Rep. Lee Cheol-hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic Party who sits on the National Defense Committee, said defense sources told him that North Korean hackers a year ago stole the classified U.S.

Suspicions that Pyongyang may have stolen intel from South Korea will do nothing to de-escalate tensions with the U.S., which are already at a 50-year high following the North's rocket tests.

Late last month the US flew B-1Bs over worldwide waters close to North Korea's east coast. In a speech at the United Nations in September, the US President accused the North Korean leader Kim of being "on a suicide mission" - while Kim responded by vowing to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire". Kim is the third generation of his family to rule North Korea.

Hackers believed to be from North Korea are casing out United States electric companies in preparation for a possible cyber attack - so says security firm FireEye. 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.

While the officials said the exercises are long scheduled and not in response to recent tensions, similar exercises have prompted strong condemnation from North Korea in the past.

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