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Reports of reconnaissance on U.S. utilities follow earlier reports alleging DPRK spies stole a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.

Operational Plan 5015 is the latest Seoul-Washington protocol for war with Pyongyang, and contains plans to "decapitate" the North Korean leadership.

The information, that included wartime contingency plans drawn up by the USA and South Korea, was from the country's defence ministry, according to Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker. In a speech at the United Nations in September, the US President accused the North Korean leader Kim of being "on a suicide mission" - while Kim responded by vowing to "tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire".

The regime allegedly breached South Korean defense systems late past year and stole classified military documents, including allied war plans for a renewed military conflict on the Korean Peninsula and South Korean wartime defense plans.

At the end of last month, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that the U.S. had "declared war" on the authoritarian state and was "right" to shoot down American planes.

However, the South Korean defence ministry has refused to comment about this allegation.

Late last month, the United States flew B-1Bs over global waters close to the North's east coast.




In a pair of tweets sent Saturday afternoon, Trump said past agreements with North Korea have all been violated. But Kim, the third generation of his family to rule, is officially revered in the North, and any suggestion of removing him from power is taken extremely seriously in Pyongyang.

The South's Yonhap news agency quoted Lee as saying that 235 gigabytes of military documents were taken.

These plans had likely not been classified properly but defence ministry officials told Rhee the hacked documents were not of top importance, he said.

North Korea's nuclear weapons program has become the most urgent national security issue during the Trump presidency.

The report said Seoul has been hit by a number of cyber attacks in recent years trying to breach government and corporate websites and has since worked to bolster its cyber defense systems.

"Although I will not comment on intelligence matters or specific incidents related to cyber intrusion, I can assure you that we are confident in the security of our operations plans and our ability to deal with any threat from North Korea", Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters. North Korea routinely denies responsibility.

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