North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to kill leader Kim Jong

Cheryl Sanders
May 12, 2017

Pyongyang accuses US and South Korea spy agencies of attempt to assassinate country's leader with biochemical weapons.

The statement, which ran in North Korean state media, said the plot's origins began in 2014 and that South Korean agents, in collusion with the Central Intelligence Agency, gave more than $100,000 and satellite communications equipment to the North Korean citizen to orchestrate an attack on Mr. Kim during a public event using a delayed-action biochemical poison.

North Korea's Ministry of State Security claims that US and South Korean agents paid a North Korean laborer working overseas to detonate a bomb filled with "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substances in Pyongyang during a military parade - perhaps the one held on April 15 marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung.

The agents "ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim" to carry out the attack the statement said, using the initials for North Korea's formal name.

The South Korean news agency Yonhap notes that the article also included threats to both countries.

According to CNN, North Korean state news agency KCNA uncovered a "hideous" plot by a terrorist group that attempted to kill the supreme leader.

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul and South Korea's National Intelligence Service can not be reached by the Reuters for comment.

He said North Korea's aim could be to divert attention from the use of VX nerve gas to assassinate the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February, or to influence South Korea's May 9 election. In recent weeks, a war of words between President Trump's administration and Pyongyang has brought the West to the brink of military hostilities with North Korea over its weapons program. Such moves would be a step toward the country's goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

The accusation was made Friday by North Korea's Ministry of State Security in a lengthy statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

The drill was particularly disturbing for South Koreans who remember a failed attempt by North Korean commandos in 1968 to assassinate then dictator Park Chung-hee, the father of Park Geun-hye. "We will ferret out and mercilessly destroy to the last one the terrorists of the U.S. CIA", the article warned.

An assassination of Kim Jong-un and other senior government officials in Pyongyang is reportedly part of Seoul's contingency plans for a possible major military confrontation between the two Koreas.

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