N. Korea blasts US ‘military hysteria & aggression’ in Syria, vows to mercilessly foil provocations

N. Korea blasts US ‘military hysteria & aggression’ in Syria, vows to mercilessly foil provocations
Pyongyang has called the US cruise-missile strike against Syria a war crime, urging Washington to stop its “military hysteria” and come to its “senses” – or otherwise face a merciless response in case of any provocations against North Korea.

“The US should be punished according to international law as its military attack on Syria was an undisguised act of aggression and war crime,” a spokesman for the Korean Jurists Committee said in a statement cited by KCNA.

Simultaneously, on Friday, a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) issued a statement claiming that following the unilateral strike against Syria, Donald Trump’s “serious military hysteria” has reached a dangerous phase where the DPRK will be forced to respond against the US and its allies in such a “merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.”

“The US used aggression and war as a lever for carrying out its policy in disregard of international law. It made missile attacks on the countries incurring its disfavor in wanton violation of their sovereignty,” the statement by North Korean lawyers added.

“The international community should never tolerate the US attack on Syria but mete out a due punishment to the harasser of peace,” it added.

According to the legal team, the April 7 strike, which saw the US launch 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles against Syria’s Shayrat Air Base, “constitutes an act of aggression and a war crime definitely specified by the Nuremberg Military Tribunal.”

The condemnation of the US Syrian strike coupled with an appeal for sensibility by Pyongyang comes amid well founded fears that Washington might strike North Korea next.

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On Thursday, Donald Trump who has engaged vigorously with China on the North Korean nuclear issue, said Pyongyang is a problem that “will be taken care of.”

While refusing to specify how and when, Trump has ordered significant military buildup on the Korean Peninsula, sending an “armada” of vessels and promising to act unilaterally if China is unwilling to help.

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Also on Friday, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, warned that tensions between the US and North Korea had escalated to such a point that “a military conflict may start at any moment.”

In order to avert an all-out war, North Korea’s General Staff urged the US “to come to its senses and make a proper option for the solution of the problem.”

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The General Staff warning came as North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol told AP that DPRK won’t hesitate to go to war if provoked. Stating that United States was “becoming more vicious and aggressive” under President Trump, Han vowed, “we will go to war if they choose.”

“If the US comes with reckless military maneuvers, then we will confront it with the DPRK’s pre-emptive strike,” Han said.

Unease over North Korea is growing with fears that Pyongyang may soon conduct a sixth nuclear test, possibly to coincide with 105th anniversary celebrations of the birth of Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founding father and grandfather of the current ruler, Kim Jong-un.

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‘Top secret CIA virus control system’: WikiLeaks releases ‘Hive’ from #Vault7 series

‘Top secret CIA virus control system’: WikiLeaks releases ‘Hive’ from #Vault7 series
Hive, the latest batch of WikiLeaks documents exposing alleged CIA hacking techniques from ‘Vault 7’, details how the agency can monitor its targets through the use of malware and carry out specific tasks on targeted machines.

Described as a multi-platform malware suite, Hive provides “customisable implants” for Windows, Solaris, MikroTik (used in Internet routers), Linux platforms, and AVTech Network Video Recorders, used for CCTV recording. Such implants allow the CIA to communicate specific commands.

A 2015 User Guide reveals the initial release of Hive came in 2010, and describes the software implant as having two primary functions – a beacon and interactive shell. Both are designed to provide an initial foothold to deploy other “full featured tools.”

The implants communicate via HTTPS with the webserver of a cover domain. Each cover domain is connected to an IP address at a commercial Virtual Private Server (VPS) provider. This forwards all incoming traffic to what’s called a ‘Blot’ server.

The redirected traffic is examined to see if it contains a valid beacon. If it does, it’s sent to a tool handler, known as Honeycomb, where the CIA can initiate other actions on the target computer.

The user guide details the commands that are available, including uploading and deleting files and executing applications on the computer.

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To hide the presence of such malware, WikiLeaks notes that the public HTTPS interface (a protocol for secure communication over a computer network within an encrypted connection) “utilizes unsuspicious-looking cover domains,” meaning those targeted would be unaware of the CIA’s interference.

A ‘self-delete’ function is described in documentation accompanying Hive, revealing that the implant destroys itself if it’s not signalled for a predetermined amount of time. Binary information regarding Hive is deleted from the host, leaving a log and configuration file containing only a timestamp.

The self-delete was known to cause issues for the developers after running into complications caused by disparities in system clocks.

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WikiLeaks says anti-virus companies and forensic experts have noticed “possible state-actor” malware using similar back-end infrastructure, but were unable to connect the back-end to CIA operations.

The Hive documents released Friday may allow experts to examine this kind of communication between malware implants and backend servers, WikiLeaks says.

The CIA’s Hive project was created by its Embedded Development Branch (EDB). This branch was also responsible for projects detailed in WikiLeaks’ ‘Dark Matter’ leak, revealing the CIA’s attacks on Apple firmware.

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US claims about chemical attack in Syria resemble Iraqi WMD claims in 2003 – Assad’s key advisor

US statements blaming the Syrian government for the chemical attack in Idlib closely resemble the claims the US made about the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) possessed by Iraq in 2003, the Syrian president’s senior advisor told RT.

The allegations made by the US concerning the Syrian government being behind the chemical weapons incident in the town of Khan Shaykhun, near Idlib, defy any logic, Bouthaina Shaaban underlined. She added that such an attack would be “against the interests of the Syrian government” as it would eventually only “harm both the Syrian people and the government.”

“One should ask, who the beneficiary of what has happened lately in Syria is,” the senior advisor to Syrian President Bashar Assad said. Shaaban said the terrorists could have carried out this attack to advance their offensive on the ground and to strengthen “the positions of their masters at the negotiating [table].”

She went on to say that the whole situation “reminds us of what happened in Iraq when the US occupied Iraq claiming that there is WMD there… There are so many stories that come out of Washington and then prove to be absolutely unfounded … after some time,” she pointed out. “Today, we all know that there was no WMD in Iraq.”

Shaaban also warned that the US “could create any story as a pre-text or an excuse” to start a military campaign against Syria while vehemently denying the allegation that Damascus “has anything to do” with the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun. “This incident was staged only as a pretext to strike Syria,” she said.

“The Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced in June 2014 that Syria is absolutely free of chemical weapons,” she emphasized.

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President Assad’s senior advisor also said the Syrian government welcomes the suggestion of an international investigation into the Khan Shaykhun incident. She said Damascus wants this investigation to be “unbiased” as well as “neutral, honest, and professional.” Shabaan said the Syrian government would also like to see Russian experts as part of the international investigative commission looking into this incident.

‘No place for terrorists in peace negotiations’

Shaaban also reaffirmed Damascus’ commitment to a political settlement of the Syrian crisis and said the Syrian government delegation would continue to take part in negotiations both in Geneva and Astana during a news conference in Moscow.

She said the US strike on Shayrat Air Base seriously complicated the negotiation process in Geneva, making the outcome of the talks “unclear.”

“The US strike is a very serious step, it is act of the US aggression against Syria. If such [aggression] would continue, it would complicate the situation at the negotiating table in Geneva.”

Shabaan told RT that terrorists consistently try to derail these negotiations because “they have no place” there.

The Syrian president’s advisor also charged that other regional players, such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar are not really interested in ending the war in Syria. She said these countries are “trying to keep the war in Syria going and are trying to undermine any agreement” that could end the conflict.

She added that Syria is also subjected to massive pressure by the western media outlets who are “reluctant” to present any information, including experts opinions, which do not fit their narrative. Instead, she says, western media keep airing “the same false information” presented by those, “who want the war to continue raging through” Syria.

“We have no capabilities to counter this massive information attack we are facing as most media outlets are controlled by our enemies,” she told journalists in Moscow. She said the western media is “at the cutting edge of the offensive on Syria.”

US Navy destroyers fired 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat airfield after US President Donald Trump blamed the Syrian government for the April 4 chemical weapons incident in the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun in Syria’s Idlib province.

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Russia denounced the US attack as “highly provocative” and said it would insist on an independent international investigation of the chemical weapons incident. Russia, Syria and Iran have condemned the attack as an act of international aggression.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has meanwhile said that he agreed with the US State Secretary Rex Tillerson that “a similar [strike] should not occur again.”

Speaking at the OPCW headquarters in the Hague, the Russian envoy, Aleksandr Shulgin, told delegates that Syria does not have a chemical weapons stockpile, and even if it theoretically did, Damascus had no practical reasons to use them.

“Was it necessary for the Syrian government to use chemical weapons even if theoretically it had any? Would it help from a military standpoint?” Shulgin asked.

“The Syrian army has enough conventional weapons, the army is combat-ready,” the diplomat said, noting victories in Aleppo and Palmyra while pointing that only terrorists have reason to use chemical weapons against civilians.

Shulgin also doubted whether Assad would personally conduct political suicide by using prohibited weapons on his own people: “They would have never achieved anything by the use of chemical weapons, except provoking anger of the international community.”

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