US Intel: North Korea Deployed ‘Terror Teams’ to Attack American Cities, Nuclear Plants
North Korea sent covert commando teams to infiltrate the United States to carry out possible terrorist attacks against major cities and nuclear power plants, a declassified US intelligence report has revealed.
Portions of the 2004 Defense Intelligence Agency report were released following a Freedom of Information Act (FOAI) request filed by theWashington Free Beacon. According to the documents, five North Korean commando teams were trained for attacks against American targets “in case of hostilities” between the two nations.
“The Reconnaissance Bureau [of] North Korea had agents in place with missions to attack American nuclear power plants,” the heavily redacted report states. The Reconnaissance Bureau is a division of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces (MPAF) and is in charge of an estimated 60,000 North Korean commandos.
“MPAF established five liaison offices in early 1990s to train and infiltrate operatives into the United States to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in case of hostilities,” the report, much of which remains classified, said.
The report attributes North Korea’s bold action to reclusive communist regime’s “slow progress in developing a multi-stage ballistic missile” capable of reaching the United States.
The Reconnaissance Bureau, which is known for infiltrating South Korea through tunnels under the Demilitarized Zone, is known to have been responsible for numerous attacks over the decades. Bureau 121 of the Reconnaissance Bureau, an elite cyber warfare division, is making headlines this week after South Korean officials said they believe it is responsible for the recent wave of cyber hacks against perceived enemies of the Stalinist state.
Those attacks, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation is attributing to Pyongyang, resulted in the cancellation of the Sony Pictures Entertainment film The Interview, which revolves around a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. (Watch trailer here)
The North Korean hackers threatened to attack moviegoers, stoking fears of 9/11-style terrorist attacks against the United States with the ominous warning, “remember the 11th of September 2001″ sent out just days before the film’s scheduled release.
President Barack Obama, who says he believes Sony “made a mistake” by canceling the film’s release, vowed that the United States would respond to the cyber attack and threats, Reuters reports.
“We will respond proportionately and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose,” said Obama.
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