Two supersonic US bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula, officials said Wednesday, in a show of force amid growing tensions with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the bombers flew from Anderson Air Force base in Guam and entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at around 8:50 p.m.
The exercise showed the "strong ability of the alliance against the North Korean nuclear missile threat", the South Korean air force said.
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Late last month the US flew B-1Bs over global waters close to North Korea's east coast.
However, the South Korean defence ministry has refused to comment about this allegation.
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 past year stole the classified U.S.
They staged a simulated air-to-ground missile firing drill with two F-15K fighters over the East Sea and flew across the peninsula, Yonhap news agency reported.
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"FireEye devices detected and stopped spear phishing emails sent on September 22, 2017, to USA electric companies by known cyber threat actors likely affiliated with the North Korean government", the infosec outfit reported on Tuesday.
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.
The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.
Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen in recent weeks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs. 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".
"They likely remain committed to pursuing targets in the energy sector, especially in South Korea and among the US and its allies, as a means of deterring potential war or sowing disorder during a time of armed conflict".
Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker who sis on its parliamentary defence committee, said 235GB of military documents were swiped from the Defence Integrated Data Centre, adding that 80 per cent of these documents have yet to be identified.