12 October, 2017
A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said last month that the more sanctions the United States and its allies impose on North Korea, the faster the nation will work to develop its nuclear weapons programme, according to North Korea's official KCNA news agency.
The training was part of a programme of "extended deterrence" against North Korea, it added.
Pyongyang has denied responsibility for the cyberattacks in its state media, criticising Seoul for "fabricating" claims about online attacks.
Meanwhile this information emerged around the same time the U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday.
The warplanes first conducted a simulated air-to-ground missile drill over the waters east of the Korean Peninsula and then flew over South Korea and conducted the same drill over the waters west of the peninsula, the South Korean military said.
"Through the practice this time, South Korean and US Air Forces showed off the allies resolve for strong retaliation against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats", it said.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the bombers flew from Anderson Air Force base in Guam and entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone at around 8:50 p.m.
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The Pacific Air Force said the bombers, assigned to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, also trained with Japanese fighter jets on Tuesday, "making this the first time" the Lancers have conducted combined training with the allied nations at night.
Among the classified plans allegedly stolen from the South were said to be blueprints for targeted attacks by Seoul and Washington to eliminate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if a crisis breaks out or appears imminent.
Guam, from where the B-1 bombers in Tuesday drills departed, has been a particular target of North Korean threats.
At the end of last month, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho said that the U.S. had "declared war" on the authoritarian state and was "right" to shoot down American planes.
A follow-up statement from KCNA promised future launches "targeting the Pacific, where the USA imperialist aggressor forces' bases are stationed".
This May an investigative team inside the defence ministry announced the hack had been carried out by North Korea, but did not disclosed what kind of information had been taken.
Separately, the Navy said a US submarine that is capable of firing Tomahawk cruise missiles and torpedoes made a port call Saturday at the USA base in the South Korean city of Chinhae.