North Korea Pens Singular, Scathing Criticism Of Its Singular Ally, China

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was in South Korea this week, conducting "detailed security discussions" with his South Korean counterpart and visiting an island near the border between the North and the South, the US military command in South Korea said in a statement Tuesday.

The measure, passed by a vote of 419 to 1, would need to be approved by the Senate before being sent to the White House for President Trump to sign into law.

North Korea has accused the USA and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving bio-chemical weapons.

Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Its aim, the report said was to "commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership" during major events including a recent military parade.

North Korea's coal exports sharply declined in March compared with the amounts tallied for the previous two months, a United Nations website showed Friday, as the global body is seeking to curb the main source of foreign currency for Pyongyang.

North Korea is accusing the USA and South Korea of plotting to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un.

For the Central Intelligence Agency "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 said in a statement carried by state media. It said that "only the CIA" can produce the toxic material and that the "hardware, supplies and funds" for the alleged plot were to be supplied by the South Korean intelligence service. Chinese authorities suspended coal imports from North Korea in February. He also warned other countries their firms could face so-called secondary sanctions for doing illicit business with Pyongyang.

North Korea's KCNA warned that Friday the "lunatics cannot avoid the punishment of our troops and the people wherever they are on the earth".

Two women accused of killing the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim with a chemical weapon appeared in court in Malaysia last month.

Last month, the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun claimed US-Australian military exercises in northern Australia were preparation for nuclear war against North Korea and threatened Darwin with a potential retaliatory strike.

  • Leroy Wright