‘N Korea has ordered attack on South Korea’

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SEOUL:- South Korea’s spy agency has told ruling party officials that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently ordered preparations for launching attacks on South Korea, in the latest sign of high tensions on the Korean peninsula after the North’s recent nuclear test and missile 

One official from the Saenuri Party who attended Thursday’s closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service says Kim’s spy agency has begun work to implement his order to “actively muster capabilities” to launch cyber and other attacks on South 

North Korea has a history of attacks against South Korea, but it is impossible to independently confirm what’s really happening in the secretive North 

The Saenuri official refused to say whether the briefing discussed how the information has been 

He requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to media on the 

The spy agency said the attacks could target anti-Pyongyang activists, defectors and government 

The comments come a day after four of the most advanced US fighter jets flew over South Korea in a clear show of force against North Korea amid a festering standoff over its nuclear and missile 

The stealthy, high-tech F-22 planes capable of sneaking past radar undetected landed at Osan Air Base near Seoul after the flyover escorted by other US and South Korean fighter 

Pyongyang will likely view the arrival of the planes flown from a US base in Japan as a threat as they are a display of US airpower apparently aimed at showing what the United States can do to defend its ally South Korea from potential aggression from North 

The US military would not say how long the F-22s will be deployed in South 

The United States often sends powerful warplanes to South Korea in times of tension with North Korea. Last month it sent a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber to South Korea after North Korea defiantly conducted its fourth nuclear 

The international standoff over North Korea deepened earlier this month when Pyongyang ignored repeated warnings by regional powers and fired a long-range rocket carrying what it calls an Earth observation satellite. Washington, Seoul and others consider the launch a prohibited test of missile 

Foreign analysts say the North’s rocket launch and nuclear test put the country further along it its quest for a nuclear-armed missile that could reach the US 

South Korea’s president on Tuesday warned North Korea faces collapse if it doesn’t abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that is certain to infuriate Pyongyang.

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