North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to murder Kim Jong

Michele Moreno
May 10, 2017

North Korea has claimed a group involving the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea is plotting to kill their beloved leader Kim Jong-un in a "biochemical" attack, a move that will incite hatred against the US and South Korea in the North.

This comes as tensions between Pyongyang and the administration of President Donald Trump escalates over United States military build-up on the Korean Peninsula and the North's carrying out nuclear and missile tests.

A statement from North Korea's official media announced the accusation and added that their government will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" US and South Korean "terrorists" who purportedly targeted Kim.

"They told him that assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or twelve months".

Possible locations included the mausoleum where Kim Jong-Un's father and grandfather - the North's founder - lie in state, or a military parade.

North Korea's claims have not yet been confirmed.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday (local time) that Washington was working on more sanctions against North Korea if it takes steps that merit a new response.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce's (R-CA) Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens sanctions targeting North Korea's Kim Jong Un regime. The alleged plot was a "hideous crime" the security ministry said, and tantamount to "the declaration of a war".

On Monday, President Donald Trump admitted that he'd be "honored" to meet with the North Korean dictator.

The North Korean statement said the plan had "been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation". North Korea regularly makes allegations about the West.

For its part, South Korea has admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim. The ministry threatened that a counter-attack would begin immediately. The Kim regime has been testing ballistic missiles in recent days, while the US began installing a defense system in South Korea that would ideally destroy missiles launched from the North before they hit their intended target.

John Delury, a professor of worldwide relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, said one of the North Korean regime's main narratives is that the country faces relentless hostility from the outside world, driven by the United States.

The North Korean claim on Friday said Pyongyang will be launching its own intelligence operations to counter USA and South Korean spying and assassination plots against Mr. Kim.

Other reports by Insurance News

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