North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

The ministry of state security statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said the CIA and South Korean intelligence services had "hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK".

The accusation alleged that the US and South Korea had plotted to murder "supreme leader" Kim Jong Un and others among the North Korean leadership with a bio-chemical weapon.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was in South Korea this week, conducting "detailed security discussions" with his South Korean counterpart and visiting an island near the border between the North and the South, the USA military command in South Korea said in a statement Tuesday. According to NK News, the report also identifies the would-be assassin as someone named "Kim" who had worked as a lumberjack in Russia's Khabarovsk region.

The statement was issued by the North Korean security ministry through state media outlet KCNA, according to Seoul's Yonhap News agency, and alleged that a CIA-sponsored "terrorist group" had been planning the attack.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or launch another illegal ballistic missile test. The North believes the US and South are seeking to assassinate Kim, said Professor Koh Yu-Hwan of Dongguk University.

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Well, it turns out North Korea really believes that the United States and South Korea have been working together to kill Kim by using biochemical weapons.

South Korea has accused Pyongyang of assassination plots, too, most recently in February following the murder of Kim Jong Nam, allegedly at the hands of North Korean agents.

For the first time, North Korea has lashed out at China.

It was the largest group defection by North Koreans to the South since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power in 2011.

Over the decades, there have been occasional unconfirmed reports of quickly suppressed armed rebellions or assassination attempts in the North. The detainee, Ko Hyon Chol, apologized for a crime he called "unforgivable", although South Korea's National Intelligence Service said it had no relation to the case.

The CIA told its agent Kim it had access to radioactive and "nano poisonous" substances whose lethal results would appear only after six to 12 months, the statement said.

North Korea warned that Friday the "lunatics cannot avoid the punishment of our troops and the people wherever they are on the earth". It can detect incoming North Korean missiles and shoot them out of the sky.

North Korea, which has built a personality cult around the Kim clan, considers Kim Il Sung statues sacred.

  • Archie Newman