North Korean Hackers Amass $2bn Through Cyber-Attacks

North Korean Hackers Amass $2bn Through Cyber-Attacks

She also said the two sides will exchange views on key issues concerning the South Korea-U.S. alliance, including a condition-based transfer of wartime operational control from Washington to Seoul. Seoul's defense procurement agency said it's looking at several kinds of helicopters, including the Seahawk, and will announce its choice by early next year.

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration is in talks with South Korea to pay "substantially more" for protection against North Korea, with tensions rising on the Korean peninsula.

The number of arrests of North Koreans fleeing to South Korea via China has increased significantly this year, according to human rights activists and other groups involved in efforts to help those leaving the hardline communist state in search of a better life. "South Korea is a very wealthy nation that now feels an obligation to contribute to the military defense provided by the United States of America", Trump added in a second Twitter post.

Seoul agreed to pay 1.04 trillion won (about $920 million at the time) previous year to offset the costs of stationing some 28,500 American troops on the divided peninsula.

Also expected to be on the agenda for Esper's talks with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo are the US initiative to secure the shipping routes in the Strait of Hormuz and Washington's wish to get a military information-sharing pact between the South and Japan renewed. Kim expressed satisfaction and said the launches would send an appropriate level of warning to the military exercises between the United States and South Korea that began on Monday, the report said.

Trump's rhetoric also puts South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a tough spot, Oba said.

In the meantime, the tests of the short-range missile, similar to a Russian system known as the Iskander, show that North Korea is making progress on the technology required to deploy a sophisticated, highly mobile and hard-to-track weapon that could be equipped eventually with a conventional or nuclear warhead and used in a first strike should war break out.

According to a statement from the North Korean Foreign Ministry, although Washington and Seoul perform tricks 'to justify the manoeuvres, their aggressive nature can not be covered up or whitewashed in any way'.

The claim duly sparked fears that new U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will demand a drastic increase in Seoul's share of the upkeep cost when he is here on Thursday and Friday.

It was the latest in the series of macho military moves from the nation. He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!,' he concluded. Last year, South Korea-US SMA talks ran over schedule by six weeks, with the negotiating teams hitting multiple deadlocks.

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