Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

USA planning to kill Kim Jong-un - North Korea claims

USA planning to kill Kim Jong-un - North Korea claims

The ministry said the citizen had been recruited while working in Russian Federation in June 2014 and received a series of payments in return for his cooperation, according to reports in state media.

In retaliation, North Korea is undertaking "counterterrorism measures of justice", a spokesman for North Korea intelligence said, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

North Korea does not have a monopoly on demonstrating aggressive behavior in the conflict, however.

The ministry said the spy agencies in June 2014 "ideologically corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen who had been working in Russian Federation to carry out the alleged assassination on Kim after returning home.

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The ministry said a plot had been hatched to use "bomb terrorism" to target the supreme leadership at a military parade or at an event at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the mausoleum of Kim Il-sung, the country's founding leader.

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The accusation came amid sharply increased tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

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Pyongyang accuses US and South Korea spy agencies of attempt to assassinate country's leader with biochemical weapons.

Pyongyang has claimed that the US Central Intelligence agency has used a "nano-poisonous" radioactive bio-chemical agent in an attempt to assassinate their country's leader Kim Jong Un.

The US has sent a warship to the region and installed a controversial anti-missile defence system in South Korea. Kim watched a military parade in the North Korean capital on April 15 as part of celebrations marking the 105th anniversary of North Korea's founding.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that Washington was working on more sanctions against North Korea if it takes steps that merit a new response.

"Criminals going hell-bent to realise such a pipe dream can not survive on this land even a moment", it said.

North Korea said that the impact of the attack on the North Korean leader would be not be visible for six to 12 months afterward.

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.

"North Korea sees Trump as more willing to use force", said Robert Ross, a Boston College professor and China policy expert.

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