Monday, 20 November, 2017

North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to murder Kim Jong

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According to the Ministry of State Security, American and South Korean spies coerced a North Korean citizen into carrying out the assassination attempt in return for money and supplied the would-be assassin with satellite equipment to track Kim's movement.

The allegation itself is impossible to verify, but the statement gave lengthy details about the alleged plot. North Korea's Ministry of State Security said.

It comes amid high tensions in the region.

It said "Kim" had been told that the best method was the use of "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance" whose results would "appear after six or 12 months".

North Korea conducted an annual military parade, featuring a display of missiles and overseen by top leader Kim Jong Un and his right-hand men on April 15 and then a large, live-fire artillery drill 10 days later. "Those acts have been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation after crossing the threshold of the DPRK". It has described regular US-South Korea military exercises as plans to "decapitate" its leadership. It said the plot was a "last-ditch effort" by USA "imperialists" and South Korea that had gone "beyond the limits".

With President Trump promising to stop North Korea developing nuclear weapons, these are also tense times, when Pyongyang could have been tempted to hit back at the US.

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Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst now at the Heritage Foundation think tank, said it could be the first time North Korea had accused the allies of an attempted assassination.

North Korean officials said they were beginning an "anti-terrorist attack" that would "sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the U.S. imperialists and the puppet clique" after the alleged plot was uncovered. That attack, using the chemical war agent VX, was widely blamed on North Korea and led to calls in the United States to relist the North as a state sponsor of terrorism.

The US also deployed a naval strike group to the Korean Peninsula, angering Pyongyang, and US officials have said all options are on the table.

Analysts concur that a possible suspension of China's oil exports would have a major impact on North Korea, but they are more inclined to believe that China would not use its biggest punitive measure as leverage over North Korea-a total oil embargo-if Pyongyang is carrying out low-intensity provocations.

US 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.

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