U.S. waging secret cyberwar against North Korean missile program

U.S. waging secret cyberwar against North Korean missile program

U.S. waging secret cyberwar against North Korean missile program

South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn called North Korea's missile launch "a grave violation" and a "direct challenge to the global community".

Japan yesterday moved to the highest possible alert level after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles simultaneously into nearby waters, the latest provocation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's regime.

Hwang also said that Seoul should swiftly complete the deployment of a us anti-missile defense system after North Korea launched four missiles earlier in the day.

The missiles, fired from the Tongchang-ri region near North Korea's border with China, landed in waters as close as 300km from Japan's north-west coast, Reuters reported.

But the successful launch of a ballistic missile test on February 11, the first since Trump took office, and claims by North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un that his country was close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile, has put the USA on edge. "Having seen the brutality of North Korea from Kim Jong Nam, I'd say the consequences of the Kim Jong Un regime having nuclear weapons will be terrible", he said, referring to the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother in Malaysia in February.

Han also said North Korea is now seeking to develop various types of missiles, including short-range models that can fly 120 kilometers, or even intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach as far as 120,000 km.

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In Washington, the state department condemned the launches, saying the USA was ready to "use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against this growing threat".

Hours after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles east of the peninsula on Sunday, it has emerged that one of the missiles could possibly land in US.

Mark Fitzpatrick, executive director of the International Institute of Strategic Studies-Americas says that the most likely missiles would be either Nodongs or extended-range Scuds, both medium-range missiles, capable of reaching South Korea and much of Japan, including U.S. bases in Okinawa.

The launches took place from an area near the North's Dongchang-ri long-range missile site that Pyongyang has used to fire long-range rockets, raising fears that the communist nation might have tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.

On Feb. 12, it launched a new type of missile, named Pukkuksong-2, immediately after Japan-U.S. summit talks were held in the United States.

North Korea "will never remain a passive onlooker to the new US administration overtly revealing its intention to put military pressure on [North Korea] and invade it while crying out for 'peace by dint of strength, '" it said.

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In response, Trump said the North's development of such a missile "won't happen".

South Korea's acting president and prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said: "We strongly denounce the move as it can be considered a challenge and a grave provocation to the worldwide community". He could launch airstrikes against North Korean nuclear facilities, though it's far from certain such an assault would destroy all that it needs to in order to erase the country's nuclear capabilities.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Japanese parliament that the launch "clearly shows North Korea has entered a new stage of threat".

Monday's launch did not include a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which could potentially travel far enough to target the USA mainland.

China has called on the US and Japan to show great care, as the technology has some experts saying that it will break the global strategic balance and trigger an arms race.

North Korea sparked a new wave of global condemnation today after firing four missiles towards Japan.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and planted trees with its students on Thursday, the Tree-planting Day, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 3, 2017.

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