North Korea says its military is ready to pre-emptively attack and "liberate" the South if it sees signs that American and South Korean troops involved in annual joint military drills are attempting to invade the North.
North Korean hackers have leaked hundreds of South Korean military documents, according to South Korean media. Detailed South Korean-US wartime operational plans were reportedly among those stolen.
As tensions rise over North Korea’s nuclear intentions, the United States and South Korea have agreed to strengthen Seoul's defenses. Washington will reportedly also sell billions in arms to the country.
North Korea has said the US will pay a heavy price if the UN Security Council passes a new round of sanctions against Pyongyang. If approved, the sanctions would be the toughest ever issued against North Korea.
Germany has summoned North Korea's emissary for talks in Berlin after Pyongyang staged its largest nuclear test yet. Meanwhile Switzerland has offered to play a mediating role in the crisis.
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