North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot

North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot

A war of words between the West and North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, with the communist enclave threatening to carry out a sixth nuclear test. South Korea and Malaysia have called it was an assassination carried out by North Korea.

The plot was foiled, it said, but gave no details on the fate of "Kim".

A statement from North Korea's official media announced the accusation and added that their government will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" US and South Korean "terrorists" who purportedly targeted Kim. This comes as North Korea clamps down on its nuclear program in spite of Donald Trump's promise to "solve" tensions on the peninsula.

North Korea frequently lambasts the United States and South Korea, but its accusation Friday was unusual in its detail.

Claiming an alleged plot by US and South Korean intelligence agencies to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, North Korea vowed to "ferret out" and destroy "CIA terrorists".

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"A ugly terrorists' group, which the Central Intelligence Agency and the IS infiltrated into the DPRK on the basis of covert and meticulous preparations to commit state-sponsored terrorism against the supreme leadership of the DPRK by use of the bio-chemical substance, has been recently detected", the statement goes on.

It said "Kim" had been told that the best method was the use of "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance" whose results would "appear after six or 12 months".

"Then they handed him over $20,000 on two occasions and a satellite transmitter-receiver and let him get versed in it".

North Korea claimed in 2012 that South Korean spies persuaded a defector from the North to infiltrate the country and try to destroy statues of state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un. "Those acts have been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation after crossing the threshold of the DPRK".

Pyongyang has accused the United States and South Korea in the past of plots to assassinate its leadership.

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They continued: "Our thoughts continue to be with the family and all those who have been affected by Tuesday's incident". The safari park said it had introduced a policy requiring all children to be accompanied by an adult on its water rides.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min Koo as saying on January 4 that South Korea would launch a special unit this year tasked with "removing or paralyzing" North Korea's command structure in the event of a war.

North Korea warned of an impending cataclysm should relations between the two countries reach a boiling point. Those sanctions - and that tension - could get even tighter if North Korea is added to the US list of state sponsors of terror.

Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst now at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said it could be the first time North Korea had accused the allies of an attempted assassination.

Earlier this year, Kim Jong-un's half brother, Kim Jong-nam, was killed with the banned nerve agent VX at Kuala Lumpur global airport.

North Korea's Ministry of State Security claimed the substances employed in the alleged attack could be used remotely and with a delayed effect.

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But Yates declined to answer the same question, saying that her answer would require her to reveal classified information. Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S.

Tillerson said the Trump administration also had been "leaning hard into China ... to test their willingness to use their influence, their engagement with the regime".

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