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A U-2S ultra-high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force lands at Osan Air Base during the drills

A U-2S ultra-high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the US Air Force lands at Osan Air Base during the drills

On Tuesday, a South Korean lawmaker said North Korean hackers had reportedly stolen a large cache of military documents from his country, including a wartime contingency plans drawn up by the United States and South Korea.

Australia expects North Korea will continue with its provocative behavior in the near future, "but the stronger the worldwide community's response is. the less options North Korea would have", she also said.

The North Korean party anniversary passed without any missile launches or nuclear tests, but officials are wary the North could engage in more provocations at any time, especially with China to begin its all-important Communist Party Congress on October 18.

Tass quoted North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Wednesday accusing U.S. President Donald Trump of "setting a fuse of war" with his September speech at the United Nations.

Asked by a TASS reporter if dialogue between North Korea and the U.S. is possible, Ri said it was not.

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Bishop and Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne are in South Korea to hold the third round of the so-called "two-plus-two" talks with their South Korean counterparts Friday.

According to one South Korean lawmaker, the country's hackers stole military plans developed by the US and South Korea a year ago.

However, North Korean hackers have been suspected to have previously targeted rival South's power grids with wiper malware.

Australia's foreign and defense ministers visited the heavily fortified inter-Korean border Thursday and emphasized the need to inflict "maximum diplomatic pressure" to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambition.

United States officials have voiced their concern that Kim Jong-un's nation could launch cyber attacks on American infrastructure.

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North Korea's been tied to data breaches before, including the infamous 2014 hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in retaliation for its release of "The Interview", a comedy about an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is also unclear as to whether the hackers' activities point to a specific and/or known North Korean hacker group's involvement.

Two bombers operating out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam carried out the drills, US Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.

U.S. operations out of Guam are particularly provocative, as most suggestions are that a real U.S. attack on North Korea would come from warplanes out of Guam.

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. There were even concerns that North Korea prepped hundreds of computers for a massive attack on its southern neighbor.

CNN reported that depending on the level of detail in the stolen plans, the hack could pose serious challenges for the US-South Korean alliance.

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