North Korea accuses US, South Korea of plotting assassination attempt

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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.

Attacks on US and South Korean intelligence agencies "will begin immediately", the North Korean government said.

The ministry said the spy agencies "ideologically corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen who had been working in Russian Federation to carry out the alleged assassination attempt involving a "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substance.

On Thursday, a think tank report from inside the US Congress said that the US' controversial THAAD missile defense system that has begun to be deployed in South Korea may not be capable of actually intercepting North Korean nukes directed around the Korean Peninsula and toward Japan.

"This bill gives the administration a powerful tool to cut off North Korea's funding by going after those who do business with the regime", Chairman Royce said. Those sanctions - and that tension - could get even tighter if North Korea is added to the USA list of state sponsors of terror.


The CIA declined to comment on the allegations.

Then, in April, reports suggested that China's patience with North Korea was wearing thin as Pyongyang continued to conduct nuclear missile tests, and that Beijing was considering a suspension of its crude oil exports to its neighbor should North Korea conduct a sixth nuclear test.

A North Korean newspaper said that the nation was "waiting for the moment it will reduce the whole of the US mainland to ruins". Such moves would be a step toward the country's goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

"They 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 twelve months", the statement said. North Korea has even dismissed traditional ally China over its nuclear program.

Earlier this year, Kim's exiled half-brother was assassinated at a Malaysian airport in a similar fashion to that described by the security ministry.

On Monday, President Donald Trump admitted that he'd be "honored" to meet with the North Korean dictator.

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