CIA forms special unit focused on North Korea threat

CIA forms special unit focused on North Korea threat

"It's another sign that North Korea is the top of the list".

Korean People's Army tanks are displayed on Kim Il-sung square during a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017.

Central Intelligence Agency already has 10 similar centers and the new addition will be the most focused in terms of geographical area and remit the Korean Peninsula now falls under the jurisdiction of the Mission Centre for East Asia and Pacific.

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"I'm sure we'll have others join in from across the intelligence community to try and focus this effort so that we can get back on our front foot with respect to foreign intelligence collection against the North Koreans and the capacity, the impact what Kim Jung Un is actually doing", he said. Pyongyang said the CIA, in collaboration with its South Korean intelligence agency, has hired a North Korean national to mount a biochemical attack on its leader.

No concrete evidence of the alleged plot has been provided by the North. The center "will work closely with the Intelligence Community and the entire US national security community".

The country has identified the primary suspect as a man named "Kim".

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The statement said the organizers infiltrated a "terrorist" into the country who had satellite communications equipment. It says he is a North Korean resident of Pyongyang who worked for a time in the Russian Far East. "It's a sign that, 'OK folks, we're going to get serious about this, '" he said. The North also said that "a guy surnamed Han" showed Kim how to enlist accomplices.

Last week, North Korea's Ministry of State Security claimed that a CIA-supported terrorist cell managed to infiltrate the secretive state with the goal to assassinate their supreme leader through the use of "biochemical substances".

The South Korean intelligence service said the charge was "groundless".

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This proactive approach by United States comes amid reignited fears that North Korea might conduct sixth nuclear test.

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