Published: Fri, December 22, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

USA seriously preparing for military attack on North Korea

USA seriously preparing for military attack on North Korea

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", a former USA security official briefed on policy told The Telegraph.

As cyberattacks take aim at larger targets and higher ransoms, and with the price of bitcoin spiking, CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz said there's "absolutely" reason to believe North Korea has an appreciating pile of bitcoin to fund future attacks.

The White House officially accuses North Korea of being the mastermind behind the WannaCry cyber-attack, Donald Trump's internal security adviser Tom Bossert said in a New York Times editorial.

"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose - get their attention and show that we're serious", one source was quoted as saying.

It also distanced North Korea from the attack and called it a "grave political provocation".

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Those possible responses include destroying a launch site before North Korea could test a missile, as well as targeting a stockpile of weapons, according to The Telegraph.

"But it seems likely, the analysis adds, that the missile had a very light mock warhead, meaning it might lack the power to carry a nuclear payload, which is much heavier, over that distance", the BBC pointed out.

North Korea accused the USA of trying to create an "atmosphere of sanctions and pressure" against the DPRK by labelling it a criminal state.

The WannaCry virus infected computers in May around the world, including Japan. Short of blowing up a launch site, where launch officers may die and Kim Jong Un himself usually watches nearby, the United States could attempt to intercept North Korea's next missile launch. Diplomatic efforts to quell the threats and denuclearize North Korea have failed to move the needle on the situation's urgency.

U.S. homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on 18 December that claimed North Korea was directly responsible for the cyberattack.

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