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.


Latest Canada & World News

  • Prosecutor: Wife sought women as slaves for husband

    World News Toronto Sun
    BERLIN — A couple accused of luring women to their home in western Germany and abusing them so badly that two of them died went on trial Wednesday, charged with murder by omission and bodily harm. Wilfried W. Source
  • Police: Wanted Oklahoma man had hit list, killed 2 relatives

    World News Toronto Sun
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Authorities say the Oklahoma man who has been wanted since Sunday in a string of violent crimes, including the killings of two relatives, had a hit list purporting to target several more people. Michael Dale Vance Jr. Source
  • 'You are fascinated with sex'; Newt Gingrich-Megyn Kelly showdown was one for the ages

    World News Toronto Sun
    There are times when words do not do complete justice to a moment. Tuesday night's Newt Gingrich-Megyn Kelly showdown is one of those times, which is why we've included the clip below of its final moments. (Here's the full interview, from the top. Source
  • Witness testifies MMA fighter accused of manslaughter seemed 'impressed with his one-hit knockout'

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    An eyewitness to a deadly "one-hit knockout" outside an Edmonton pub tearfully testified Tuesday the accused killer appeared "very proud" and "impressed" by what he had allegedly done. Sariah Reid told a jury she had been at Gallagher's Pub, 8937 82 Ave. Source
  • Chestermere crime kingpin jailed and fined $1.5 million

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Crime kingpin Dung Kien Luong was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay fines of $1.5 million for tax evasion and other charges. Luong, 53, had earlier pleaded guilty to four charges as part of a plea deal which saw several others withdrawn by the Crown. Source
  • Could the nickel be eliminated from your pocket change?

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — An internal federal analysis shows the government has studied the pros and cons of the nickel — but Ottawa insists it has no plans to force the five-cent coin into retirement, as it did the penny. Source
  • Couple facing theft charge in diamond switch appear in Saint John, N.B., court

    Canada News CTV News
    SAINT JOHN, N.B. -- The suspects in a string of nationwide jewelry heists were scheduled to appear today in a New Brunswick provincial court to face diamond-theft charges. Seventy-year-old Grigori Zaharov and 44-year-old Natalia Feldman of Vaughan, Ont. Source
  • 92-year-old Sask. man, recognized as world's oldest plumber, has no plans to retire

    Canada News CTV News
    His impressive resume includes accountant, pilot, journeyperson and Second World War veteran and now Lorne Figley has added another achievement to the list – the world’s oldest plumber. The 92-year-old Saskatoon man was bestowed the title by Guinness World Records earlier this month. Source
  • Nursing home suspect discussed sobriety online

    Canada News CTV News
    The Ontario nurse accused of killing eight elderly patients in long-term care facilities was active on social media, where she shared photos and recipes, commented on internet memes, and chronicled an apparent journey to sobriety that began two years ago. Source
  • Trump touts hotel as Pence heads to Utah in waning days

    World News CTV News
    ASHLAND, Ohio -- Donald Trump is taking a break from campaigning Wednesday to formally open his new hotel in Washington, while dispatching his running mate to play political defence in Utah -- which hasn't backed a Democrat for president in 52 years. Source