Only attitude matters: Trump on Korea

Only attitude matters: Trump on Korea

President Trump has repeatedly threatened to destroy North Korea.

US President Donald Trump has "lit the wick of the war" against North Korea, a Russian state news agency quoted North Korea's foreign minister as saying on Wednesday.

The defense minister announced, meanwhile, that a group of Australian military forces will soon arrive in South Korea as part of its Indo-Pacific defense activities.

Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen in recent weeks over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Two-thirds of Americans said they are very or extremely concerned about the threat North Korea's nuclear weapons program poses to the US.

-South Korean war plans, including parts of Operational Plan 5015, which includes procedures for a decapitation strike on the North's leadership if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent. It said the United States warplanes flew with fighter jets from the South Korean air force and Japan Self-Defense Force in the first nighttime B-1 bomber exercise between the three allies. Defense officials refused to comment Wednesday.

"It is the steadfast will of all the service personnel and people of the DPRK (North Korea) to shower fire on the US", Ri said.

North Korea is widely expected to conduct another provocation this month, possibly around the Oct 18 opening of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.

Late last month, the United States flew B-1Bs over worldwide waters close to the North's east coast. Pyongyang belatedly responded by relocating some of its military aircraft to its east coast, the National Intelligence Service then said.

While the new measures also include limitations on the sale of refined petroleum products and crude oil, European Union member states will not provide new work permits to North Korean nationals. A similar number, or 69 percent, said they are concerned about the threat to U.S. allies, such as South Korea and Japan.

The drills were conducted not long after Lee broke the news about the alleged cyberattacks to reporters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the Sci-Tech Complex, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 28, 2015. "It is also consistent with the view of many other members of the global community to lessen, reduce or completely diminish any diplomatic relationship with North Korea".

A pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang's leadership would be hard to undertake, but it's widely seen as the most realistic of the limited military options Seoul has to deny a nuclear attack from its rival.

"These actions are consistent with long-standing and well-known USA freedom of navigation policies that are applied to military operations around the world".

About 235 gigabytes worth of military data was stolen by the hackers, Rhee told CNN.

There is no evidence that the attacks were successful, and cybersecurity experts believe that North Korea lacks the ability to disrupt the power grid.