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US Military Gets Mysterious and False Text Message to Evacuate Korean Peninsula

US Military Gets Mysterious and False Text Message to Evacuate Korean Peninsula”

The hoax was shut down by officials within an hour after being reported on Thursday, and US Forces Korea quickly issued their own statement saying "USFK did not issue this message".

The official noted that none of the roughly 28,500 USA troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula acting on the messages and departing South Korea.

"Anyone receiving this false message should not click any links or open any attachments included in the correspondence", the post stated.

Did the USA military just get attacked with fake news in East Asia? Whether a prank or a more sinister attempt to sow panic among United States military, the messages likely caused confusion and panic among those who received it.

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are high after Pyongyang conducted a series of missile tests that resulted in a war of words between Kim Jung-un and President Donald Trump. Such efforts have done little to rein in the malevolent dictator.

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The U.S. military command in Korea routinely rehearses such evacuations, typically in the spring and fall.

The US Army's counterintelligence officials based in the South had launched an investigation into the source of the fake evacuation orders and were yet to find out who was responsible.

The US military has an evacuation plan for the peninsula that it has tested on several occasions in order to maintain readiness.

The alerts told staff they all noncombatants are going to be evacuated out of the country. The service also recommends that families prepare a kit ahead of time that includes a backpack, legal documents, three days of food, bottled water, prescription medications, toiletries and a handheld radio. "Though the probability of conflict remains low, the potential of hostilities occurring on the Korean peninsula is greater than in many other parts of the world".



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