South Korea's spy service says North Korea is preparing attacks

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - South Korea's spy agency has told ruling party officials that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered preparations for launching attacks on South Korea, in the latest sign of high tensions on the Korean peninsula after the North's recent nuclear test and missile launch.

See Full Article

One official from the Saenuri Party who attended Thursday's closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service says Kim's spy agency has begun work to implement his order to "actively muster capabilities" to launch cyber and other attacks on South Korea.

North Korea has a history of attacks against South Korea, but it is impossible to independently confirm what's really happening in the secretive North Korea.

The Saenuri official refused to say whether the briefing discussed how the information has been obtained.

He requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to media on the briefing.

The spy agency said the attacks could target anti-Pyongyang activists, defectors and government officials.

The comments come a day after four of the most advanced U.S. fighter jets flew over South Korea in a clear show of force against North Korea amid a festering standoff over its nuclear and missile ambitions.

The stealthy, high-tech F-22 planes capable of sneaking past radar undetected landed at Osan Air Base near Seoul after the flyover escorted by other U.S. and South Korean fighter jets.

Pyongyang will likely view the arrival of the planes flown from a U.S. base in Japan as a threat as they are a display of U.S. airpower apparently aimed at showing what the United States can do to defend its ally South Korea from potential aggression from North Korea.

The U.S. military would not say how long the F-22s will be deployed in South Korea.

The United States often sends powerful warplanes to South Korea in times of tension with North Korea. Last month it sent a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber to South Korea after North Korea defiantly conducted its fourth nuclear test.

The international standoff over North Korea deepened earlier this month when Pyongyang ignored repeated warnings by regional powers and fired a long-range rocket carrying what it calls an Earth observation satellite. Washington, Seoul and others consider the launch a prohibited test of missile technology.

Foreign analysts say the North's rocket launch and nuclear test put the country further along it its quest for a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.

South Korea's president on Tuesday warned North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that is certain to infuriate Pyongyang.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Video captures moment ride malfunctions at Ohio State Fair; 1 killed, 7 hurt

    World News Toronto Sun
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A swinging and spinning amusement park ride called the Fire Ball broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, hurling people through the air, killing at least one and injuring seven others. Source
  • Argentina sentences 4 ex-judges for dictatorship-era crimes

    World News CTV News
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Four former federal judges in Argentina were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for crimes against humanity committed during the country's last dictatorship in a ruling human rights groups are calling historic for punishing the regime's civilian accomplices. Source
  • B.C. wildfire forces evacuations, threatens structures near Kamloops

    Canada News CTV News
    KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- A rapidly-moving wildfire has forced people to flee dozens of properties east of Kamloops, B.C. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District issued an evacuation order for 39 properties in Monte Lake Wednesday night, saying a fire burning in the area posed an "imminent threat" to people and property. Source
  • Cellphone video shot by California inmates shows escape

    World News CTV News
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Video shot by three inmates with a smuggled cellphone shows their methodical escape through a vent at the maximum-security wing of a Southern California jail last year, along with scenes from their days on the run. Source
  • North Korea mysteriously cancels beer fest, but unveils new brew

    World News CTV News
    PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of -- North Korea has suddenly cancelled a popular monthlong beer festival, but people won't be going thirsty in a country where brews are cheap and carry the ruling family's seal of approval. Source
  • Meet George Payette, Canada’s last known grain elevator repairman

    Canada News CTV News
    Standing like sentinels over the Canadian prairies, grain elevators were once a ubiquitous site. But over time, hundreds have been demolished. To preserve those that still stand, there’s George Payette -- Canada’s last known grain elevator repairman. Source
  • Protesters gather in NYC against Trump ban on transgender troops

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Demonstrators have flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military. A crowd of at least a couple of hundred people gathered around the U.S. Source
  • Protesters gather against Trump ban on transgender troops

    World News CTV News
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Demonstrators have flocked to a military recruiting station in New York City and gathered at a plaza named for a San Francisco gay-rights icon on Wednesday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt ban on transgender troops in the military. Source
  • Drop that boombox: Music-playing hikers have Calgary man singing the blues

    Canada News CBC News
    Kris LaBelle and his son love hiking in Kananaskis County. They get out as often as they can, but a recent trend has the Calgary man singing the blues. "There seems to be a current trend, it seems to be novice or new hikers, that have been bringing out portable speakers and they have been playing music as they hike," LaBelle told CBC News. Source
  • Visa gift card sold with missing numbers leaves Ont. couple in limbo

    Canada News CTV News
    A generous anniversary present turned into a headache for an Oshawa, Ont. couple after a brand new Visa gift card was abruptly declined at a local restaurant. Joe and Patty James celebrated 49 years of marriage at a party last weekend. Source