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North Korea WILL attack US election – dire warning as Kim’s spies and hackers plot chaos
October 31, 2020
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A report produced by the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) in August found North Korea was “playing the game” to meddle in the US presidential election. US Director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina warned North Korea may try to interfere in the competition between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Mr Evanina said: “Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements.
“We have a lot of countries that are out playing the game.”
One fear is that North Korea may plan an attack on the US voting system’s computer infrastructure causing an “inability for people to vote”.
North Korea expert Sung-Yoon Lee of the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation believes Kim Jong-un will undoubtedly use his team of hackers during the US election.
Speaking to Fox News, he said: “North Korea will be able to test how far and to what extent it can damage the US election system.
“I fully expect North Korea to test its own capabilities to see what it can get away with by hacking into the US election system.
“North Korea’s cyber abilities are simply one of the best in the world.
“It would be surprising if North Korea did not test its abilities during the election.”
Professor Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in South Korea has suggested a Donald Trump victory is considered the best scenario by North Korea despite a break down of talks between the two leaders.
Speaking at the Carnegie Live conference about The Korean Peninsula after the US election, he said: “North Korea would much prefer Donald Trump to become the next US president.
“However, they will have to deal with sanctions whether it is going to be Biden or Trump administration.
“The North Koreans have some hope that Donald Trump would accept some deal which would accept North Korea as a de-facto nuclear state.
“Donald Trump gives them some hope in the relaxing of sanctions.”
Speaking at a press conference at the White House Mr Trump said: “I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un.
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“He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that.”
Speaking about the crippling sanctions that North Korea is facing, Chung Min Lee is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Asia Program said: “The sanctions are crippling the North Korean economy as we speak.
“Despite so-called de facto market reforms over the last several years, so sanctions and the economy are doing fairly poorly.”
Historically North Korea has always acted in a provocative manner in the lead up to US presidential elections.
Kim Jong-un has had two major summits with Donald Trump and has talked of his “very good relationship” with the North Korean leader.
Last Thursday at the final presidential debate on NBC News, Joe Biden, and Donald Trump spoke of their opposing viewpoints on the US relationship with North Korea.
During the debate, Mr Biden spoke of his principle of only negotiating with Kim Jong-un on the condition that North Korea decommission its nuclear weapons programme.
Mr Biden said: “North Korea is a problem and we’re going to continue to do it so we can control them.
“We’re going to make sure we can control them and make sure they cannot hurt us.”
Mr Biden accused Mr Trump of legitimising North Korea by visiting the leader at two summits.
Mr Biden said: “He’s legitimised North Korea, he’s talked about his good buddy who’s a thug.
“He talks about how we’re better off and they have much more capable missiles able to reach US territory much more easily than ever did before.”
Donald Trump has been accused of encouraging interference in the US elections by his opponent in the US presidential election Joe Biden.
Mr Biden said: “Donald Trump publicly and repeatedly invited, emboldened and even tried to coerce foreign interference in American elections.”