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N. Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of bio-chemical plot against leaders

09 May 2017

The North Korean ministry claimed that in a joint operation conducted by South Korea and the United States, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had planned to assassinate Kim Jong-un by using "bio-chemical substances".

China is increasingly finding itself in a position to consider imposing an oil embargo, a last-resort measure to deter North Korea from its nuclear weapons ambitions, after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to toughen sanctions against the North Korean regime, according to experts quoted by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Calling the US and South Korean intelligence services a "hotbed of evils in the world", the report accused the agencies of having "hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK".

North Korea regularly accuses South Korea of abducting or enticing its citizens to defect, although Seoul denies it.

The Ministry of State Security alleges the agencies "ideologically corrupted and bribed a North Korean citizen surnamed Kim" to orchestrate the attack - paying him tens of thousands of dollars.

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The half-brother of Kim Jong Un was poisoned with the VX nerve agent while in Kuala Lumpur airport and died en route to a hospital.

The accusations come as global pressure mounts against North Korea over its growing nuclear weapons program.

But refusing to crack down on North leads to a North Korea racing toward its nuclear finish-line, US military build-up in Northeast Asia, and even a direct military conflict with the United States, the expert said.

A report emerged from the state-run North Korean media on Tuesday claiming that they are "close" to nuclear war with the United States.

"They hatched a plot of letting human scum Kim commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership during events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and at the military parade and public procession after his return home", KCNA said. Such moves would be a step toward the country's goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland.

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An assassination of Kim Jong-un and other senior government officials in Pyongyang is reportedly part of Seoul's contingency plans for a possible major military confrontation between the two Koreas.

Pyongyang presented extensive details but offered no concrete proof to back its accusations of the plot, which it said could never have succeeded.

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

Ri Byong Ho, the North Korea head of intelligence, said the suspect was a "very important person" and that "there have already been more than 80 planned terrorist attacks" that have been foiled. The report did not specify whom he was paid to assassinate.

North Korea, in response, has increased its missile tests and even hinted at a new nuclear test in the coming weeks.

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