Korean lawmaker says N. Korea hacked war plans

South Korean F-15K fighter jets drop bombs as they fly over the Korean Peninsula during a joint drills with the U.S
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South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers after the September 23 mission that North Korea failed to detect the B-1B bombers as they flew in worldwide airspace east of the country.

U.S. B-1 bomber, center, flies over Osan Air Base with USA jets in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

Yonhap said South Korean defense officials said in May that North Korea may have hacked a crucial South Korean military online network but didn't say what was stolen.

A South Korean lawmaker said Tuesday that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents that include U.S.

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 US and South Korea.

The bombers took off from the US Pacific territory of Guam, before entering South Korean airspace and conducting firing exercises over the East Sea and Yellow Sea, South Korea's military said.

Trump, meeting with members of his national security team, discussed "a range of options to respond to any form of North Korean aggression or, if necessary, to prevent North Korea from threatening the United States and its allies with nuclear weapons", according to a statement from White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The statement by South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff also revealed that the two bombers carried out air-to-ground missile drills in waters off the east coast of South Korea, then flew over the South to waters between it and China to repeat the drill.

North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan and conducted its sixth and biggest nuclear test in recent weeks in defiance of U.N. sanctions as it races towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States.

Guam, from where the B-1 bombers in Tuesday drills departed, has been a particular target of North Korean threats.

Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam will hold strategic talks with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan on October 18 in Seoul, according to Seoul's foreign ministry.

While the attention Wednesday was on air power, upcoming US-South Korea naval exercises could further aggravate tensions.

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. North Korea needs time and proof to believe that abandoning its nuclear programme will contribute to its own political and economic advantage.

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