North Korea wants South's spy chief extradited over alleged Kim plot

Cheryl Sanders
May 13, 2017

The mission urged all United Nations member states to support North Korea in its efforts.

North Korea's state media have been running stories about the plot since last week.

"A Korean-style, anti-terrorist offensive will be commenced to mop up the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the USA and South Korea", mission said in a statement.

North Korea has a history of making unfounded claims, and CNN did not independently corroborate last week's report.

The KCNA report did not say when the alleged plot was stopped.

"None of the brutal perpetrators of disgusting state-sponsored terrorism aiming at the removal of North Korea's supreme leadership will survive on this planet", the statement added.

It said the aim was to hurt "the mental mainstay that all the Korean people absolutely trust" and "eclipse the eternal sun" of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the country's official name.

"At that time, the North called for improved inter-Korean relations, saying that the two Koreas have a pile of tasks (for that goal)".

The North further said a South Korean agent named Jo Ki-chol and a "secret agent" named Xu Guanghai, director general of the Qingdao NAZCA Trade Co Ltd, met Kim in Dandong, on North Korea's border with China, to give him communications equipment and cash. It says he is a North Korean resident of Pyongyang who worked for a time in the Russian Far East.

Trump later said he would be "honoured" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, under the right conditions.

The prosecutors on Friday said outgoing South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Lee Byung-ho and unnamed "masterminds in (the) CIA" are among those they intend to prosecute, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.

The accusations came amid tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programmes and with Washington considering whether to re-designate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.

"We urge the relevant authorities to immediately detect and arrest and hand over" the wanted individuals, who were "targets of due heavy punishment", it said in a statement carried by Pyongyang's state media.

"In 1992 and 1997, North Korea released more lengthy commentary about South Korea's presidential elections", said Lee Eugene, vice spokesperson at the ministry, at a press briefing.

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