S.Korea, US to hold vice-ministerial strategic dialogue next week

A U-2S ultra-high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force lands at Osan Air Base during the drills

A U-2S ultra-high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force lands at Osan Air Base during the drills

Over the weekend, Kim said having nuclear weapons was a "powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia" against "protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists".

The bombers took off from the US Pacific territory of Guam on Tuesday night, before entering South Korean airspace and conducting firing exercises over the East Sea and Yellow Sea, South Korea's military said.

Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command, has stated that the EMP threat is real, but the military appears more focused on North Korea's ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads.

According to the survey by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 65 percent of Americans believe the war of words between Trump and the North Korean leadership has made the situation worse.

Regarding the breach he said, "How could we fight against an enemy and win a war if it's already aware of our strategy?"

The North has test-fired dozens of missiles, including two ICBMs in July.

During his remarks at the UN last month, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea and mocked the country's leader, whom he referred to as "Rocket Man". 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.

Pyongyang has denied responsibility for the cyberattacks in its state media, criticising Seoul for "fabricating" claims about online attacks.

The Kaesong association estimated its members left behind over $600 million in equipment and raw materials, and many of the Kaesong companies have been unable to recover without access to the low wage labor available in Kaesong. It is also unclear as to whether the hackers' activities point to a specific and/or known North Korean hacker group's involvement. "What we now need to see is 'chapter two' [toward a resolution of North Korean nuclear issue]", he continued.

The latest in a series of simulated US bombing runs around North Korea, the operation is described as a "show of force" amid ongoing tensions with North Korea. "And ultimately, I will do what's right for the United States and, really, what's right for the world".

But North Korea views Moon's stance as insincere and has continued testing weapons rather than come forward for dialogue.

Lee told the Yonhap news agency, "Also among them were contingency plans for the South's special forces, reports to allies' top commanders, and information on key military facilities and power plants".

It was part of a "regular deployment training" aimed at enhancing the capability of implementing the "extended deterrence" against the North, the JCS said.

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