North Korea: US and South Korea tried to assassinate Kim Jong Un

Nick Sanchez
May 16, 2017

A war of words between the West and nuclear-armed North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, with Pyongyang threatening to carry out a sixth nuclear test.

The alleged plan to use a biochemical agent on a member of North Korea's ruling family resembles the assassination earlier this year of Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother at a Malaysian airport.

In a statement carried on state media, North Korea's Ministry of State Security said it will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" the "terrorists" in the CIA and South Korean intelligence agency responsible for targeting its supreme leadership.

The US has sent a warship to the region and installed a controversial anti-missile defence system in South Korea.

The supreme leader would have been targeted at a military parade and public procession, with the results not be visible for six to 12 months afterwards, KCNA reported. South Korea's intelligence service told CNN they know nothing about the alleged plot.

The report warned that Pyongyang will now launch an anti-terrorist attack to "sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the US imperialists and the puppet clique".

KCNA laid out the alleged plot in great detail, saying it was hatched in 2014 when the South Korean and USA intelligence agencies recruited a North Korean working in the timber industry in eastern Russian Federation.

The two neighbours are technically still at war, as the Korean War ended with an armistice that was never ratified by a formal peace treaty, and the border remains one of the most militarised places in the world.

"The heinous crime, which was recently uncovered and smashed in the DPRK, is a kind of terrorism against not only the DPRK but the justice and conscience of humankind and an act of mangling the future of humankind", the statement said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides field guidance at the construction site of Ryomyong Street in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on March 16, 2017.

The claims come as US President Donald Trump increases pressure on Kim's regime to give up its nuclear weapons program, warning that military action was among the options he might consider.

Chinese state-run media have also called for harsher sanctions against the North in the event of a fresh atomic test, urging Pyongyang to "avoid making mistakes", and spoken of the need for it to abandon its nuclear programmes.

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

He also threatened secondary sanctions on companies doing illicit business with North Korea.

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