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12 October 2017, 12:17 | Bernice Figueroa
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"The briefing and discussion focused on a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", it said without elaborating.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un exchanged heated rhetoric in recent weeks.
However, the South Korean defence ministry has refused to comment about this allegation.
The exercise showed the "strong ability of the alliance against the North Korean nuclear missile threat", the South Korean air force said.
North Korean hackers allegedly stole classified military documents from a South Korean Defense Ministry database in September 2016, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly, CNN reported Wednesday.
The dangers of an EMP are debatable, with some claiming that there is no risk of a North Korean EMP attack, given that the North could probably cause significantly more damage with a traditional nuclear strike, and others asserting that an EMP attack could devastate the U.S. After the rogue regime tested a hydrogen bomb early last month, the North claimed that it could trigger an EMP with an atmospheric detonation over the continental U.S. It is unclear if North Korea is actually interested in this approach or simply playing off of hypothetical threats in Western media.
The warplanes first conducted a simulated air-to-ground missile drill over the waters east of the Korean Peninsula and then flew over South Korea and conducted the same drill over the waters west of the peninsula, the South Korean military said.
The U.S. flew the two B-1B Lancer bombers over the peninsula along with South Korean F-15k fighter planes and additional fighters from Japan, which the U.S. military said was the first such nighttime maneuver conducted by the three countries together. 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".
A pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's leadership would be hard to undertake, but it's widely seen as the most realistic of the limited military options Seoul has to deny a nuclear attack from its rival. But Kim, the third generation of his family to rule, is officially revered in the North, and any suggestion of removing him from power is taken extremely seriously in Pyongyang. 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. North Korean hackers were the prime suspects in the attack, the impact of which may have been exaggerated for propaganda purposes.
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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