Central Intelligence Agency plotted to kill Kim Jong-un, claims North Korea
May 10, 2017, 01:29
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul and South Korea's National Intelligence Service were not immediately available for comment.
North Korea says it will not give up on its nuclear deterrence unless Washington ends its hostile policy toward Pyongyang and dissolves the US-led United Nations command in South Korea.
North Korea on Friday (5 May) said that it will immediately begin "a series of more powerful our-style anti-terrorism striking actions" against the United States and South Korean intelligence agencies that plotted to kill their leader Kim Jong-un.
The dictatorship's security ministry said it would take vengeance against the countries.
This comes as tensions between Pyongyang and the administration of President Donald Trump escalates over U.S. military build-up on the Korean Peninsula and the North's carrying out nuclear and missile tests.
But refusing to crack down on North leads to a North Korea racing toward its nuclear finish-line, US military build-up in Northeast Asia, and even a direct military conflict with the United States, the expert said.
The statement, carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, accused the two intelligence agencies of hiring a North Korean man to carry out a bio-chemical attack on the country's leader during the 15 April military parade in capital Pyongyang.
Earlier this year, Kim Jong-un's half brother, Kim Jong-nam, was killed with the banned nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur worldwide airport.
The security ministry statement, carried on the North's official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), said the CIA and the South's intelligence had suborned, bribed and blackmailed a North Korean citizen named only as Kim to carry out the attack.
The plot was tantamount to "the declaration of a war", the statement added and it accused the U.S. of sponsoring terrorism. In a statement the powerful ministry of state security, said it had foiled a "vicious plot" by a "hideous terrorists' group" to attack the North's "supreme leadership".
Malcolm Turnbull has heaped praise on China's efforts to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear missiles program but warns more needs to be done.
Pyongyang regularly accuses the US and South Korea of attempting to destroy the regime, but Friday's claims were unusually specific and detailed. North Korea often uses colourful language and is no stranger to extravagant claims.
"Most political people would never say that", Trump said, "but I'm telling you under the right circumstances, I would meet with him".
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