North Korea accuses United States of assassination plot against Kim Jong Un

North Korea accused the CIA and South Korea's intelligence service of attempting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-Un, with a bio-chemical weapon.

The ministry of state security statement, carried by state news agency KCNA, said the CIA and South Korean intelligence services had "hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK".

The statement from North Korea's Ministry of State Security released Friday said the USA intelligence agency had bribed a North Korean citizen, named only as Kim, in 2014 to carry out the plot.

A statement by the North Korean Ministry of State Security said that Pyongyang would find and "mercilessly destroy" the terrorists.

North Korea stands accused of assassinating Kim Jong Nam, Kim's estranged half brother, with a banned chemical weapon at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February.

"I think the forthcoming election in South Korea indicates that a majority of South Koreans are opposed to Trump, and will probably vote for the Democratic Party, which is opposed to building up the USA military capacity to survey and pinpoint China's vital resources, and China's defense", he stated.

Reclusive North Korea warned this week that US hostility had brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. The CIA declined to comment and South Korea has issued no statement so far. With the North last weekend conducting a second failed ballistic missile launch in as many weeks and presumed to be planning a sixth nuclear bomb test, there would seem to be no likelihood of talks any time soon.

No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim's fate.

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea", President Donald Trump told Reuters in April.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 5, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front.

The US has sent a warship to the region and installed a controversial anti-missile defence system in South Korea.

Terrorism is a common enemy to all people, the North Korean government said.

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". The accusations come with the U.S. and North trading threats over the latter's nuclear and missile programs, and as Washington considers whether to re-designate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.

  • Salvatore Jensen