US aircraft carry out surveillance trip near North Korea amid Kim Jong-un health fears

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A U-2S Dragon Lady surveillance aircraft and an A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jet was spotted in the skies close to the demilitarised zone between the two countries. The aim of the mission was to monitor North Korea’s front-line military activities. The A-10 is a “tank-killer” craft and it has been speculated it was used to possibly provoke a response from North Korea.

Kim Jong-un’s regime’s forces rely on a large tank fleet, so the A-10 is one of the US army’s key aircraft in the region.

North Korea is suffering from a myriad of internal challenges at present.

They include coronavirus, tough sanctions, and devastating floods that could lead to famine.

In recent months the subject of Kim Jong-un’s health has also drawn international attention, with reports emerging on two separate occasions claiming the North Korean leader could be in a coma or dead.

On both occasions pictures of the Kim Jong-un out and about appeared within days of the reports, seeming dispelling the claims.

The news also comes amid a Pentagon warning about a North Korean hacking group the so-called ‘BeagleBoyz’ targeting international banks.

The Pentagon has announced how a group of North Korean hackers is engaged in a massive campaign targeting international financial institutions.

The hacking group is also targeting cryptocurrency exchanges around the world.

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The group of hackers, called BeagleBoyz, are being facilitated and funded by North Korea.

The new hacking group is seen as having connections with North Korean’s Lazarus Group.

Both groups have also been involved in “lucrative cryptocurrency thefts”, according to the Pentagon.

North Korea has developed its hacking technologies to be able to conduct, “irreversible methods of theft”.

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North Korea is currently cracking down on any citizen that ventures near to the Chinese border.

Kim Jong-un insists that a spike in coronavirus cases is from infected individuals coming across the border from China.

The North Korean army has been ordered to shoot dead any citizen seen within one mile of the Chinese border.

A North Korean source said: “Police in the city of Hoeryong issued an emergency notice from the Ministry of Social Security, saying they would kill anyone within a kilometre of the North Korea-China border.

“The army would shoot regardless of a person’s reason for being there.”

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