Kim's apparent interest in cryptocurrencies comes amid rising prices and popularity.
"I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict", she said. "They probably see it as a very low-priced solution to bring in hard cash".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un then called the launch a "meaningful prelude" to containing the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam and called for his military to conduct more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean.
The sanctions and pressure racket of the U.S.to completely obliterate the DPRK's sovereignty and right to existence is reaching an extremely reckless phase. Even without recourse to nuclear weapons, the North could fire thousands of rockets and artillery rounds in the early hours of a war, in a barrage of conventional explosives that would, as the North Korean state-run news service has threatened, turn Seoul into a "sea of fire".
North Korea's telecommunications ministry didn't respond to an emailed request for comments. Other security firms have linked the group to past high-profile cyberattacks, including the hacking of Sony Pictures in 2014.
Though the U.S. believes it has solid information on North Korea's capabilities, the reclusive nation's ultimate intent in ramping up its weapons program remains an "incredibly hard intelligence problem", Pompeo added.
North Korean leader Kim attended the glitzy event himself, where footage purportedly showing the explosion was played, accompanied by a full string orchestra.
In the recent round of attacks, South Korea may have become a target not just due to its proximity to Pyongyang and shared language, but because the country has become one of the busiest trading hubs for cryptocurrencies this year.
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The ministry noted that in March, it had ordered North Korea to halve the number of diplomats in its Lima embassy, from six to three.
To date, no North Korean player has ever played in the Premier League, with the closest being national team top-scorer Jong Tsae-se, who had a trial with Blackburn Rovers in 2010.
In April, four digital wallets at Seoul-based cryptocurrency exchange Yapizon were compromised by hackers who stole more than 3,800 bitcoin ($16.3m, £12.4m at current rates). When contacted, the author of the report confirmed he wrote it in 2014, but was unaware that someone was distributing a press release about it this year.
"Add to that the ties between North Korean operators and a watering hole compromise of a bitcoin news site in 2016, as well as at least one instance of usage of a surreptitious cryptocurrency miner, and we begin to see a picture of North Korean interest in cryptocurrencies", FireEye researcher Luke McNamara wrote in a blog post published Monday (11 September). The hackers have also been tied by other security firms to last year's attack on Samsung Electronics Co.'s corporate messenger app and, most prominently, the breach of Sony Corp.'s film studio, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation blamed on North Korea.
Having spoken on the phone with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Moon did get Trump on the line to agree, sure, South Korea should develop a missile that's twice as powerful as the Hyunmoo in the South's inventory, but did they get around to the Korea-U.S. "They've been creative in how they use their cyberespionage capability".
Bitcoin has increased 600% in value in the past year.
Among other concessions the new text also softens the inspection by force of North Korean ships suspected of carrying cargo prohibited by the United Nations and drops a proposed assets freeze on the state-owned Air Koryo airline.
Moon, however, professes not to be interested in "regime change" up there while awaiting a response to his pleas for a Moon-Kim summit.