North Korea Accuses CIA, South Korea of 'Bio-Chemical' Assassination Plot

Laura Christensen
May 15, 2017

North Korea is accusing the USA and South Korea of plotting to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un.

The security ministry statement, carried on the North's official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA), said the CIA and the South's intelligence had suborned, bribed and blackmailed a North Korean citizen named only as Kim to carry out the attack.

North Korea frequently accuses the United States and South Korea of plotting against it, but this accusation is unusual in its detail.

A North Korean referred to only as "Kim" was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry of state security said.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 5, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front. No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim's fate.

From alleged South Korean plots to kidnap North Korean waitresses to threats to target the exact coordinates of South Korea's "reptile" anti-North Korea media, the North's propaganda is awash in conspiracy theories and ultraviolent threats.

In North Korea's version of the story, the treasonous suspect was given at least $20,000 and had two points of contact with foreign spies.

North Koreas accuses US of assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong-un
North Korea Accuses CIA, South Korea of 'Bio-Chemical' Assassination Plot

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to tighten sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state. The CIA declined to comment and South Korea has issued no statement so far.

Malcolm Turnbull has heaped praise on China's efforts to pressure North Korea to curb its nuclear missiles program but warns more needs to be done.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg that received some criticism, Trump said he'd be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong-un "under the right circumstances". South Korea and Malaysia have called it was an assassination carried out by North Korea.

The North Korean statement said the plan had "been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation".

Kim "acquainted and examined the plan for fire strike of the newly organized forces at the objects of the enemy", according to the North Korean report. It was the largest group defection by North Koreans to the South since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power in 2011.

It comes after Mr Kim's estranged half-brother Kim Jong-nam was killed at a Malaysian airport after he was sprayed with a deadly nerve agent.

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