North Korea plot: Kim Jong-un hatching plan to ATTACK US presidential election

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The report said Pyongyang was “playing the game” to influence the upcoming US Presidential election in November 2020. The US National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) said Pyongyang was a threat to the election. US security advisor Bill Evanina warned North Korea would try to derail the US elections in the coming months.

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.”

Kim could be planning ransomware attacks on US computer systems to cause an “inability for people to vote”, Mr Evania said.

The security advisor is worried North Korea might attempt to manipulate public perception in the run-up to the election.

Mr Evanina added: “We’ve seen recently a lot of surveillance of nation-state actors, surveilling different parts of the infrastructure that are not necessarily germane to elections, but which can considerably have an impact on the election come election day.

“Anything that’s public-facing internet election infrastructure is vulnerable and open game for our adversaries, for sure.”

The report by the security advisor focused on China, Russia, and Iran as the primary election threats.

President Donald Trump has hinted he is aware of intelligence that North Korea could be a threat to the coming US election.

Speaking to reporters at the White House he said: “Kim Jong-un knows I have an election coming up.

“I don’t think he wants to interfere with that.”

The US president, referring to possible election interference, then tweeted: “Kim Jong Un is too smart and has far too much to lose, everything actually, if he acts in a hostile way.

“He does not want to void his special relationship with the president of the United States or interfere with the US presidential election in November.”

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It is thought North Korea and its neighbour China may exploit the political upheaval that may result from a marginal defeat of Mr Trump to instigate their own foreign policy schemes.

North Korea may antagonise South Korea and Japan, and China may create an incident that would be a precursor to an invasion of Taiwan.

In June, North Korean foreign affairs official Kwon Jong Gun declared the US was facing “a time when its political situation is in the worst-ever confusion”.

He warned Washington was about to experience a “horrible thing” unless it removed itself from the Korean peninsula.

The foreign affairs official added: “It would be good not only for the US interests but also for the easy holding of the upcoming presidential election.”

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