North Korea is reportedly planning to launch terror attacks on South Korea. Information from South Korea’s intelligence agency suggests North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is heightening efforts to carry out attacks in South Korea, according to a South Korean lawmaker.
South Korean legislator Lee Chul-woo said on Feb. 18 North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau plans include cyber attacks aimed at inciting chaos in South Korea, reports Yonhap News Agency.
The South Korean government also said the North may engage in poisoning or kidnapping South Koreans.
“The North’s Reconnaissance General Bureau is preparing for terror acts, including cyber attacks under Kim’s directives to intensify preparation for them,” said Lee.
“The North’s terror attacks could be directed at anti-North Korea activists, North Korean defectors and South Korean government officials.”
Lee indicated that North Korea may target public areas, including subways, power plants and shopping malls, reports The Korea Times.
South Korean official Kim Sung-woo said the North's ability to pose a threat to his country has grown significantly.
Kim said the North has begun to “muster anti-South terror capabilities that can pose a direct threat to our lives and security.”
North Korea has launched attacks on the South before. In 2010, North Korean shelling killed four South Koreans, and a 1987 North Korean bombing attack on a South Korean plane killed all passengers on the aircraft, reports The Associated Press.
The reported threat comes amid international tensions over North Korea’s Feb. 7 rocket launch. In response, the U.S. and South Korea are moving to deploy a missile defense system that has been criticized by North Korea.
The South Korean government has emphasized its commitment to ensure the safety of its citizens faced with a terror threat from the North.
“While North Korea is intensifying its preparations for terror attacks, political interests should not be put above safety and property of the people,” said Kim.
South Korean lawmakers are trying to pass bills aimed at averting terrorist attacks by expanding the South’s intelligence agency.