selected timeline North Korea

4-11-17           Hacking via NK Reconnaissance General Bureau:  https://www.cyberscoop.com/north-korea-lazarus-group-bangladesh-bank-donald-trump-xi-jinping/

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4-11-2017    NORTH Korean hackers are reported to have gained access to a secret masterplan formed by the US and South Korea in the event of war breaking out on the Korean peninsula.  The highly-confidential plan – titled OPLAN 5027 – was accessed back in September and assumes Kim Jong-un’s rogue state will make the first strike.  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3258532/north-korean-hackers-access-united-states-top-secret-nuclear-war-masterplan/

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1-27-17    North Korea’s 5 megawatt nuclear reactor at Yongbyon is showing a water plume, indicating that the plant is probably operating at the facility, a U.S. research institute said.

The facility, which had suspended operations in late 2015, is capable of producing enough plutonium to assemble one atomic bomb every year.  Satellite pictures taken Jan. 22 show emissions from the cooling tower of the reactor, North Korea’s main nuclear complex, the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies said on its 38 North website.

The water plume is “an indication that the reactor is very likely operating,” the institute said.  “Without being able to measure the water temperature rising or water flow from the reactor, it is impossible to estimate at what power level the reactor is running, although it may be considerable.”

SEOUL, Jan. 11, 2017 (UPI) — North Korea has stockpiled about 110 pounds of plutonium in its arsenal and is making steady progress in the miniaturization of nuclear weapons.

According to a 2016 white paper issued by South Korea’s defense ministry on Wednesday, Pyongyang has amassed additional plutonium since 2014, when the country was estimated to have accumulated nearly 90 pounds of fissile material, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported.

 The amount of plutonium North Korea currently holds is enough to make 7 to 12 nuclear weapons, with each weapon requiring 9 to 13 pounds of plutonium.   http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/01/11/Seoul-North-Korea-has-amassed-100-pounds-of-plutonium/1471484144805/
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636058111825140577-EPA-FILE-NORTH-KOREA-DEFENSE-MISSILE-TEST.jpg -A surface-to-surface medium-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-10, also known by the name of Musudan missile, being launched at an undisclosed location, North Korea. According to South Korea and Japan’s officials, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile off its east coast early Aug 3, 2016.
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7-28-16  PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington “crossed the red line” and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North’s Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/07/28/north-korea-united-states-relations/87659264/

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636046878991793626-AFP-AFP-DF2PG.jpg  -A missile is fired during a drill by Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army, photo released on July 21, 2016 .  North Korea said its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.    -KCNA   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/07/28/north-korea-united-states-relations/87659264/

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6-28-16      Domestically, Pyongyang has developed universities–especially Kim-Il-Sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology, and the Command Automation University–as the center of increasing cyber capabilities and training personnel for cyber attacks.

Internationally, North Korea has allegedly cooperated with China, Russia, Iran, and other few friendly countries in improving its cyber capabilities by sending its best students to them for additional training.  For example, China has provided educational programs as well as hardware, such as servers and routers, for North Korean cyber warriors. Additionally, Russia has sent several professors who graduated from Frunze Military Academy to North Korea to train professional hackers.  Specifically, according to Nigel Inkster, North Korea accepted the concepts of Russian information warfare which allows North Korean cyber warriors to disrupt or destroy enemy computer networks in order to paralyze their command and control systems.  Also, Russia reportedly sold Pyongyang GPS jamming equipment, which is used to interfere with the navigation systems of South Korean ships.  Finally, Pyongyang and Teheran signed a scientific and technological cooperation agreement in 2012 that includes student exchanges and joint laboratories for information technology.

North Korea efforts and help from China, Russia, and Iran have led to the development of its cyber offensive capabilities.  A 2014 Defense White Paper from the Ministry of National Defense in South Korea states that, “North Korea currently operates about 6,000 cyber warfare troops and conducts cyber warfare, including the interruption of military operations and attacks against major national infrastructure, to cause psychological and physical paralysis in the South.”  Compared to the US Cyber Command’s estimated 4,900 cyber warfare troops in January 2013, it is obvious that North Korea has sizable force of cyber warriors.

North Korean asymmetric operations, especially cyber attacks, have been controlled by the Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB) that has been responsible for clandestine operations.  Although it is subordinate to the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces, it reports directly to the National Defense Commission (NDC) that is the highest guiding organ of the military in North Korea–a country where the military dominates.  This means that Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, as well as the chairman of the NDC, controls the RGB by himself.  Specifically, the RGB formed “Office 91” as the headquarters of North Korea’s hacking operations.

Office 91 has four subordinate organizations.  First, Unit 110, also known as Technology Reconnaissance Team, was suspected of carrying out the July 2009 DDoS attacks against South Korea and the US.  Second, Unit 35, the Central Party’s Investigations Department, is the smallest group, but is a highly capable cyber unit with both internal security functions and external offensive cyber capabilities.  Third, the North Korean People’s Army Joint Chiefs Cyber Warfare Unit 121 has over 600 hackers specializing in disabling South Korea’s military command, control, and communication networks in case of armed conflict.  Finally, the Enemy Secret Department Cyber Psychological Warfare Unit 204 has about 100 hackers and specializes in cyber elements of information warfare.  The two units, Unit 121 and Unit 110, have their members stationed in Shenyang and Dandong, China because the Internet connections in North Korea are so few.  It is estimated that from 600 to 1,000 cyber warfare agents are acting in a variety of cells in China.     https://jsis.washington.edu/news/north-korea-cyber-attacks-new-asymmetrical-military-strategy/

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635980402425538922-AP-APTOPIX-North-Korea-Congress.jpg -A traffic police woman directs vehicles at a street junction in front of a sidewalk decorated with flags of the ruling (and sole governing) party, the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, May, 5, 2016.

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Unknown.jpeg -Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Dec. 16, 2015.  North Korea’s Supreme Court sentenced him to life in prison with hard labor for what it called crimes against the state.

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Lim traveled to North Korea on January 31, 2015, crossing the land border with China to visit the northeastern city of Rajin[9] but he disappeared.  Much later it was determined he was arrested in February.[10]  In a video released by a North Korean propaganda website in August, Hyeon appeared to read from a script to a nearly empty state-operated Pongsu Church in Pyongyang.  “The worst crime I committed was to rashly defame and insult the highest dignity and the system of the republic.”[11]  Former prisoners in North Korea report being coerced into similar confessions.[12]

According to the DPRK’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Lim admitted during the trial to “not only viciously defaming the highest dignity of Korea and its system but also possessing the wicked intention of trying to topple the Republic by staging an anti-state conspiracy.”[5]  According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, “The court said Lim had attempted to overthrow the North Korean government and undermine its social system with “religious activities” for the past 18 years”.  While North Korea was not specific about his alleged crimes, China’s Xinhua reported that Lim confessed to helping people defect from North Korea, and that he had met the U.S. ambassador to Mongolia regarding the plans (Mongolia is a known path out for North Korean defectors).[5]  The CBC reported the trial lasted 90 minutes and the charges included “harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to the overseas Koreans, and helping U.S. and the South Korean authorities lure and abduct North Korean citizens, along with aiding their programs to assist defectors from the North.”

KCNA further said that the prosecution sought the death penalty, but the defense requested leniency despite the gravity of his crimes “so that he can witness for himself the reality of the nation of the Sun as it grows in power and prosperity,”[5]  Lim’s lawyer was reported to have claimed “he had frankly confessed to everything the prosecution had brought up.”[13]

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12-12-12  The secretive North Korean regime said the rocket had successfully blasted off from a space center on its west coast and claimed the satellite it was carrying had entered its intended orbit.  The launch followed a botched attempt in April and came just days after Pyongyang suggested it could be delayed.   http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/11/world/asia/north-korea-rocket-launch/

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6-14-09      “It has become an absolutely impossible option for [North Korea] to even think about giving up its nuclear weapons,” the North’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  http://www.semissourian.com/story/1547323.html
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April 2009      North Korea on Wednesday threatened a new nuclear test unless the UN Security Council apologised for tightening sanctions, confirming some analysts’ fears that Pyongyang is determineed to build an atomic arsenal.    http://fp.brecorder.com/2009/04/2009043032831/
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The deal was reached at the Beijing Six-Party Talks in February 2007:  North Korea was to shut down and seal its Yongbyon reactor as first step towards permanent “disablement,” while the other parties were to grant it immediate energy aid, with more to come when North Korea presented its detailed inventory of nuclear weapons and facilities to be dismantled.  At the same time, the US and Japan were to open talks with North Korea aimed at normalizing relations, while the US was to “begin the process” of removing the designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and “advance the process” of terminating the application to it of the Trading with the Enemy Act.  Five working groups were set up to address the questions of peninsula denuclearization, normalization of DPRK-US relations, normalization of DPRK-Japan relations, economy and energy cooperation, and Northeast Asian peace and security.  The Beijing parties promised to “take positive steps to increase mutual trust” and the directly related parties to “negotiate a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula.”   http://apjjf.org/-Gavan-McCormack/2555/article.html
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  I wish to point out that those who control the money and the money systems of the nations are in a position to cause the rise and fall of empires.  And they have used their power and are using it today to accomplish their end–that end being the end of opportunity for man to become a christed being after the great examplar of the ages, Jesus Christ.

The control of the currency is just the beginning.  High on the list of the divide-and-conquer tactics of the black brotherhood is to divide the forces of light and the children of God who should be allied as one body witnessing unto the testimony of Jesus Christ and keeping the commandments of our God day and night…. The communications media–radio, television, newspapers, magazines and the motion-picture industry, all controlled either in part or in their entirety by the false hierarchy and its representatives whether conscious or unconscious–are the only means of uniting a nation or a planet.                       IMG_7437 2.JPG-Lanello:  Pearls of Wisdom 16:20

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