S. Korean law­maker says N. Korea hacked war plans

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SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean law­maker says North Korean hack­ers stole highly clas­si­fied mil­i­tary doc­u­ments that in­clude U.S.South Korean wartime “de­cap­i­ta­tion strike” plans against the North Korean lead­er­ship.

The United States, mean­while, staged an­other show of force meant to de­ter any North Korean ag­gres­sion by fly­ing two B-1B su­per­sonic bombers Tues­day night from an air base in the U.S. ter­ri­tory of Guam to the South for drills with South Korean jets. Such flights by the pow­er­ful air­craft based in Guam in­cense the North, which claims they are prepa­ra­tion for war; Py­ongyang has threat­ened to send mis­siles into the wa­ters around Guam.

If con­firmed, the re­ported hack­ing at­tack by the North would be a ma­jor blow for South Korea at a time when its re­la­tions with ri­val North Korea are at a low point. The South has taken an in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive stance to­ward the North’s bel­liger­ence amid backand-forth threats of war be­tween North Korea and U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. North Korea’s pos­ses­sion of se­cret war plans would re­quire a ma­jor over­haul of how South Korea and its ally Wash­ing­ton would re­spond if there’s an­other war on the Korean Penin­sula.

An un­usu­ally ag­gres­sive ap­proach to the North by Trump, which has in­cluded rhetoric hint­ing at U.S. strikes and threat­en­ing the de­struc­tion of North Korea’s lead­er­ship, has some South Kore­ans fear­ful that war is closer than at any time since the Korean War ended in 1953 in a shaky cease­fire, leav­ing the Korean Penin­sula still tech­ni­cally in a state of war.

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