DIA: North Korea Planned Attacks on US Nuclear Plants

N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un at parliament session

North Korea dispatched covert commando teams to the United States in the 1990s to attack nuclear power plants and major cities in a conflict, according to a declassified Defense Intelligence Agency report.

The DIA report, dated Sept. 13, 2004, reveals that five units of covert commandos were trained for the attacks inside the country.

According to the report, the “Reconnaissance Bureau, North Korea, had agents in place to attack American nuclear power plants.”

Misplaced Priorities in Sydney Terror Attack

Sydney terrorist filmed through cafe window / AP Images

Before Monday’s terror attack in Sydney came to its violent and tragic end in a pre-dawn raid, Catherine Burn, the deputy commissioner  of the New South Wales Police gave a press conference. The BBC reported that in the presser Burn said, “Our approach is to resolve this peacefully. It might take a bit of time but that is our priority.”

With respect, this is deeply misguided, as subsequent events cruelly illustrated. Two hostages–Katrina Dawson, 38 and a mother of 3, and Tori Johnson, 34–were killed, and three other hostages, all women, were also shot. The police raid that ended the crisis was not planned, and reportedly happened after Mr. Johnson, the cafe manager, made a brave play for his captor’s gun and got shot. To make an obvious observation, unpredictable circumstances like this are likelier and likelier to come about the longer such a situation continues.

Gunman Among Two Killed as Sydney Cafe Siege Ends

Paramedics remove a person, with bloodstains on the blankets covering the person, on a stretcher from the Lindt cafe, where hostages were being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The gunman who held an unknown number of hostages in a Sydney cafe was one of two people killed in the siege that ended when police stormed the building, Sky News reported on Tuesday.

Police Storm Sydney Hostage Siege Cafe

Heavily armed policemen stand guard outside the building containing the Lindt cafe, where hostages are being held, at Martin Place in central Sydney December 16

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Police on Tuesday stormed the Sydney cafe where a gunman has been holding an unknown number of people hostage for more than 15 hours, and heavy gunfire was heard, a Reuters witness at the scene said.