Tensions further mounting on the Korean Peninsula

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Korean Peninsula — Following the revelation that Britain is now drawing up battle plans for a potential war with North Korea — which comes just days after Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” when it comes to the Hermit Kingdom — it was reported Tuesday that last year the North may have hacked the network of U.S. ally South Korea and stolen sensitive military data.

From the South’s Yonhap News Agency:

“Citing information from unnamed defense officials, Democratic Party Rep. Lee Cheol-hee said that the hackers broke into the Defense Integrated Data Center in September last year to steal the secret files, such as Operational Plans 5015 and 3100.

“OPLAN 5015 is the latest Seoul-Washington scheme to handle an all-out war with Pyongyang, which reportedly contains detailed procedures to ‘decapitate’ the North Korean leadership. OPLAN 3100 is Seoul’s plan to respond to the North’s localized provocations.”

Representative Lee said that in all, 235 gigabytes of data were taken, and 80 percent of it is yet to be identified. Among what’s been verified are contingency plans for the South’s special forces, reports to allies’ top commanders, and information on key military facilities and power plants,” according to Yonhap.

It marks the latest accusation from the South that North Korea is attacking its cyberspace. The Kim Jong-un regime has consistently denied these claims and did so again following Lee’s comments, Yonhap reports.

Over the weekend, Donald Trump took to Twitter to write that “only one thing will work” with North Korea, stating 25 years of diplomacy have failed. Those remarks came on the heels of the president cryptically telling his senior military staff at a gathering that they could be witnessing the “calm before the storm,” sparking speculation in the media as to what he was referring to.

Further highlighting this most recent spike in tensions, it was reported this week that Britain’s military has begun drawing up battle plans for possible war with North Korea. One scenario, officials say, would see the U.K.’s new aircraft carrier join U.S. warships off the Korean Peninsula. That carrier and its fighter jets would be accompanied by destroyers and frigates.

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