Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

China urges its citizens in North Korea to return home

China urges its citizens in North Korea to return home

KCNA said the two intelligence services "ideologically corrupted" and bribed a North Korean surnamed Kim and turned him into "a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK".

Now, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has urged ASEAN foreign ministers to "minimise" diplomatic and other ties with North Korea to ensure "leak-proof" enforcement of worldwide sanctions against the country.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang took a conciliatory tone when asked about KCNA's commentary at a press briefing, saying Beijing has a consistent position of "developing good neighbourly and friendly co-operation" with North Korea.

UNITED NATIONS The United States is negotiating with China on a possible stronger U.N. Security Council response - such as sanctions - to North Korea's repeated ballistic missile launches, which the 15-member body normally condemns in a statement, diplomats said.

"This is money that Kim Jong-un uses to advance his nuclear and missile program, and also pay his generals, buying their loyalty to his brutal regime", he said.

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.

"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. Then they handed him over US$20,000 (S$28,100) on two occasions and a satellite transmitterreceiver and let him get versed in it".

Trump's comment about meeting Kim comes as tensions have risen in recent months between the United States and North Korea as Pyongyang has sought to advance its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and Washington has made a show of force in the region to deter their use.

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Furious Malaysian leaders recalled their ambassador from Pyongyang, expelled North Korea's ambassador in Kuala Lumpur and ended an arrangement in which North Koreans could enter Malaysia without first obtaining a visa.

According to the US statement, Pompeo met with South Korean National Intelligence Service Director Lee Byeong Ho, South Korea-US Combined Forces Command head General Vincent Brooks and US Embassy Seoul Charge d'Affaires Marc Knapper, among others.

The KCNA report claimed the plot was "recently uncovered and smashed", and accused members of the Central Intelligence Agency and IS of working with a North Korean citizen to provide money and weapons to carry out "state-sponsored terrorism".

The statement did not give any information on how the plot was foiled or what happened to the alleged spy.

For nearly two decades, North Korea has looked to south-east Asia for diplomatic and economic and support while the so-called "hermit nation" was shunned in most countries other than its only major ally, China.

"As Secretary Tillerson said on Friday, business as usual is not an option". Their lethal results will appear after six or 12 months.

Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 after two Asian women rubbed what the Malay police later said was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent on his face.

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