South Korea is to develop cyber-attack tools in an attempt to damage North Korean nuclear facilities.
The country’s defence ministry wants to develop weapons similar to Stuxnet, the software designed to attack Iranian nuclear enrichment plants.
The South Korean military will carry out missions using the software, the defence ministry said. One computer security expert said that using cyberweapons could be “very dangerous”.
The defence ministry reported its plan to the government on 19 February, the Yonhap news agency reported.
In 2006, North Korea said it had successfully tested a nuclear weapon, spreading alarm through the region. Intensive diplomatic efforts to try to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions continue.
The development of weapons capable of physically damaging North Korean nuclear plants and missile facilities is the second phase of a strategy that began in 2010.