North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits

The center would gather experienced officers from across the Central Intelligence Agency in one entity "to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target", it said.

The new unit, the CIA said, will work closely with the U.S. intelligence community to monitor the North Korean threat. The United States does not support this and has threatened China with the imposition of trade sanctions and penalization measures against businesses dealing with North Korea.

Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said Thursday. In recent weeks, state-run media outlets in Beijing and Pyongyang have exchanged hostile rhetoric, with U.S. President Trump seemingly fueling the North-China conflict by praising Chinese President Xi Jinping for cooperating with Washington's efforts to put an end to the North's nuclear weapons program. There is a strong possibility that North Korea will conduct a new nuclear test in May, Executive Director of the Institute of International Relations at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Liu Ming said in an interview with TASS.

"Our nuclear power is our sovereign right. It is the only way to protect the peace of the Korean Peninsula and the region". The warning comes after he accused the USA of planning a chemical attack. "If the U.S. moves an inch, then we are ready to turn to ashes any available strategic assets of the USA".

North Korea demanded on Thursday the handover of "terror suspects" who plotted to kill leader Kim Jong Un with a biochemical substance, repeating accusations it made last week that USA and South Korean spies were behind the plan.

The US has strongly warned its citizens against travelling to North Korea following the arrest of a fourth American citizen in the reclusive country, saying they face "serious risk" of arrest and long-term detention.

Baer suggested that the USA should leverage China's influence with North Korea and let it rein its nuclear armed neighbour. The new president even said that he would be willing to meet Kim Jong-un if it meant bringing lasting peace.

  • Aubrey Nash