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Steve Phelps | 12 October, 2017, 00:43

Outside governments and global human rights organizations say Kim rules as a tyrant over a largely malnourished and abused population while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle backed up by a weapons program almost advanced enough to viably target the USA mainland with nuclear-tipped missiles.

Hackers linked to North Korea reportedly targeted USA electric power companies, according to a leading cybersecurity firm. The company did not dispute NBC's characterization of the report, but declined to comment.

The emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims, FireEye said.

While US Secretary of Defense James Mattis reiterated this week that diplomacy along with global economic sanctions would remain the leading element of US strategy towards blunting North Korea, military options were being prepared.

More recently, Seoul accused North Korea of having hacked, stolen and leaked sensitive military secrets and Seoul-Washington war plans.

North Korean hackers have a history of stirring up trouble, as they have been at it for years.

Cheol-hee is a member of the South Korea's ruling party, and sits on the parliament's defence committee.

The attacks linked to North Korea have been created to interfere with the distribution of anti-North Korea propaganda and the acquisition of funds as the worldwide community increases economic pressure on the regime, espionage, and possible retaliation. The researchers suspect that Pyongyang's state-backed hackers likely do not have access to such capabilities.

Meanwhile, China - North Korea's closest ally and trading partner - expressed alarm at how far the rhetoric on both sides had gone, warning of the increased risk of a "fatal misjudgement"."The worldwide community won't accept North Korea as a nuclear power".

As U.S. President Donald Trump pondered possible military strikes against North Korea, his military, along with South Korea and Japan, staged a combined show of force against Pyongyang with missile firing exercises off both the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula 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. He explained recently that critical USA infrastructure is nuclear hardened and able to survive this type of attack.

Meanwhile, the USS Tucson, a nuclear-powered attack submarine of the U.S. Navy, has arrived at the Chinhae base in South Korea, according to the U.S. Pacific Command. "What I am going to tell you is that the [South Korea]-US alliance, that bilateral entity, is there to deal with those types of situation and safeguard against them".

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