N. Korea hack­ers in pos­ses­sion of Wash­ing­ton-Seoul war plan: MP

UN im­poses global port ban on 4 ships vi­o­lat­ing N Korea sanc­tions

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A law­maker in Seoul says North Korean hack­ers have man­aged to steal a series of top-se­cret mil­i­tary doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing a joint U.S.-South Korean plan for war with Pyongyang.

South Korean Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and mem­ber of the rul­ing Demo­cratic party Lee Cheol-hee told lo­cal me­dia that the hack­ers broke into a mil­i­tary data cen­ter in Septem­ber 2016 and stole the most up-to-date blue­print for a mil­i­tary con­flict with North Korea, called Op­er­a­tional Plan 5015, Fi­nan­cial Times re­ported.

Cit­ing the South Korean De­fense Min­istry, Lee re­vealed that 235 gi­ga­bytes of data were lost in the cy­ber breach.

A plan for a “de­cap­i­ta­tion strike,” tar­get­ing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was also among the files, ac­cord­ing to the report.

The files also in­cluded con­tin­gency plans for Seoul’s Spe­cial Forces as well as in­for­ma­tion on key mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties and power plants, the law­maker said.

The South Korean De­fense Min­istry has de­clined to com­ment on the re­ports.

The min­istry said in May that the North had pen­e­trated Seoul’s mil­i­tary on­line net­work, although it did not re­veal what was stolen at the time, state-run Yonhap news agency re­ported.

The United States and its ally South Korea have been at log­ger­heads with the North over Pyongyang’s weapons and nu­clear pro­grams.

North Korea, how­ever, strongly de­fends its mil­i­tary de­ter­rent against hos­til­ity by the US and its re­gional al­lies, in­clud­ing South Korea and Ja­pan.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bel­liger­ent rhetoric against Pyongyang has given rise to the ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula. The two sides have traded a bar­rage of mil­i­tary threats in re­cent months, prompt­ing spec­u­la­tions of a loom­ing war in the re­gion.

UN im­poses global port ban on 4 ships vi­o­lat­ing N. Korea sanc­tions

The United Na­tions has im­posed an in­ter­na­tional “port ban” on four ships it found vi­o­lat­ing Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (UNSC) sanc­tions on North Korea, the chair of an ex­pert panel says.

“There are four ves­sels that have been des­ig­nated by the com­mit­tee. The des­ig­na­tion doesn’t mean an as­sets freeze or travel ban, but it’s a port ban,” co­or­di­na­tor of a UNSC panel on North Korea sanc­tions, Hugh Grif­fith, said.

Speak­ing at the con­clu­sion of a UN meet­ing open to all mem­ber states, Grif­fith fur­ther stated that the ships were found “trans­port­ing pro­hib­ited goods,” point­ing out that the mea­sure is “a pretty swift and de­ci­sive ac­tion by the com­mit­tee,” adding that the ban went into ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 5.

Based on the mea­sures, all na­tions are banned from al­low­ing four ships trans­port­ing pro­hib­ited goods to and from the North to en­ter any port in their coun­try.

AFP cited a source close to the mat­ter as say­ing that the four ships were de­tected car­ry­ing to North Korea coal, seafood and iron ore, which are ex­ports banned by a UNSC res­o­lu­tion drafted by Wash­ing­ton back in Au­gust.

The ban, ac­cord­ing to the report, was ex­panded last month to also in­clude tex­tiles and North Korean guest work­ers, fur­ther cap­ping oil ex­ports to the coun­try, which has in re­cent months test-launched nu­mer­ous bal­lis­tic mis­siles and nu­clear weapons in re­sponse to mil­i­tary threats by the US and its re­gional al­lies.

Mean­while, the report fur­ther cited diplo­mats as say­ing that North Korean rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the UN were in at­ten­dance at the meet­ing but did not speak.

It added that the listed ships were iden­ti­fied as the Pe­trel 8, Hao Fan 6, Tong San 2 and Jie Shun.

The first three ves­sels, ac­cord­ing to the MarineTraf­fic web­site, fly the flags of Co­moros, Saint Kitts and Ne­vis, and North Korea. The Jie Shun, how­ever, is not listed on the site.

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