North Koreans hacked info on US-South Korea war plans

North Koreans hacked info on US-South Korea war plans

Defense Secretary James Mattis told the US Army it "must stand ready" and have military options "our president can deploy" in case diplomacy fails to solve the standoff with increasingly belligerent North Korea.

Tensions have run high with North Korea firing a series of ballistic missiles, and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in recent weeks.

During the meeting, Mattis and Dunford gave a briefing to Trump and his national security team on North Korea.

However, North Korea Times, introduced the story saying, "In a bold hacking, North Korea's cyber army broke into enemy files and is said to have found elaborate plans laid out by USA and South Korea to decapitate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un".

It came days after he said that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that "only one thing will work".

"What does the future hold?"

"As much as processes bore all of us to tears, if we don't get this acquisition process right, you can throw the best people in the world at it and nine times out of 10 a bad process is going to win", he said, referring to the department's plan to split up its acquisition, technology and logistics division.

He added, "The worldwide community has spoken, but that means the U.S. Army must stand ready".

He continued that the South Korean and US governments have agreed to closely cooperate and make decisions together as an alliance on matters involving North Korea. "And I know the Army will always do it's duty".

He told the soldiers gathered at the conference that training to provide Trump with military options to deal with North Korea would help deter the provocative nation from considering an attack on the United States or its allies.

"The presidents and their administrations speak to North Korea for 25 years", had tweeted the american president.

Over the weekend, Trump said on social media that "only one thing will work" on North Korea, though did not specify what the solution might be.

The North Korean regime is also believed to have roughly 1,300 aircraft, 300 helicopters, 430 combatant vessels, 250 amphibious vessels, 70 submarines, 4,300 tanks, 2,500 armored vehicles and 5,500 multiple rocket launchers, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

"There is a timeline on this" Milley said, acknowledging that North Korea's missile threat has rapidly progressed and will likely soon progress to the point where even Washington DC is within range.