North Korea has a long history of odd accusations

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 12, 2017

A statement by the ministry of state security said a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency had entered the country to attack with a bio-chemical substance.

A statement from North Korea's official media announced the accusation and added that their government will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" USA and South Korean "terrorists" who purportedly targeted Kim.

North Korea frequently lambasts the United States and South Korea, but its accusation Friday was unusual in its detail. The detainee, Ko Hyon Chol, apologized for a crime he called "unforgivable", although South Korea's National Intelligence Service said it had no relation to the case.

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The U.S. and South Korean agents told him that "assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or 12 months".

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.

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

With President Trump promising to stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons, these are also tense times, when Pyongyang could have been tempted to hit back at the US.

It is only the latest in a string of odd, as-yet-unproven accusations over the years that a proud, highly sensitive North Korea has leveled at its main rivals, the USA and South Korea. North Korea regularly lashes out at the USA and South Korea, though the allegations lodged Friday were more specific than usual.

South Korea said Jon, who was arrested by North Korea before he could allegedly blow anything up, defected to the South in 2010.

In February of this year, Kim's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, was killed at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport with the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent.

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

Meanwhile, U.S. forces continue routine training with South Korea's military, including recently sending an American naval strike group to the Korean peninsula.

According to the ministry, such actions are nothing more than "an act of state terrorism initiated by the US and South Korea, aimed at disrupting the sovereignty and security" of North Korea.

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".

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on North Korea.

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