The US spy agency and Seoul’s Intelligence Services have “hatched a vicious plot” involving unspecified “biochemical substances” to kill the Hermit Kingdom’s despot during public ceremonial events in Pyongyang, the Ministry of State Security said, according to Agence France-Presse.
“The heinous crime, which was recently uncovered and smashed in the DPRK, is a kind of terrorism against not only the DPRK but the justice and conscience of humankind and an act of mangling the future of humankind,” the statement said.
The hermit nation claimed that a North Korean citizen named “Kim” was bribed by the CIA to carry out the assassination attempt on April 16, known as the Day of the Sun, the Telegraph reported.
A “terrorist group” supported by the CIA and the South crossed the border before trying to kill the North Korean dictator, the nation claimed.
The rogue regime threatened to launch a “counter-terrorist attack” against American and South Korean forces in retaliation for the alleged biochemical plot, according to Yonhap News of South Korea, the Telegraph of the UK reported.
“We will ferret out and mercilessly destroy to the last one the terrorists of the US CIA,” the North Korean security ministry said in a statement published by state media.
“[A] Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the US imperialists and the puppet clique [of South Korea],” the statement continued.
It did not identify the alleged “terrorist” group, and neither the CIA nor South Korea has responded to the claims.
The North Korean statement also did not provide any information on how the plot was foiled or what happened to the alleged spy.
The North’s leader recently watched military parades marking the 85th anniversary of the North Korean army.
For the CIA, “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 Ministry of Security said, AFP reported.
Pyongyang’s explosive allegation comes amid its escalating belligerent rhetoric during a standoff with the Trump administration over the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons program.
Tensions between the West and the reclusive regime have spiked in recent weeks amid Pyongyang’s threats to carry out a sixth nuclear test.
President Trump has vowed to “properly deal” with Pyongyang — raising fears of a pre-emptive strike that could spark a nuclear response. He recently warned of the possibility of a “major, major” conflict with the North.
The North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, was recently assassinated using VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
(New York Post)