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North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot

North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot North Korea threatens 'CIA terrorists', claims US, South Korea behind assassination plot
Ellis Copeland | 16 May, 2017, 11:52

None of the accusations have been verified.

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 KCNA news agency frequently carries bellicose rhetoric and threats against the US and South Korea. The individual is also alleged to have received a satellite transponder.

"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 military parade and public procession after his return home", KCNA said.

June 2014: A North Korean working at a timber firm in the Khabarovsk territory of far-eastern Russian Federation is "corrupted and bribed" by CIA and South Korean intelligence agents.

The plot was tantamount to "the declaration of a war", the statement added and it accused the U.S. of sponsoring terrorism.

The North Korean statement described the USA as a state sponsor of terrorism itself, and an "empire of evil". Still, this latest claim is likely to be bogus and just part of the recent war of words between the countries, a professor at Tongji University in Shanghai tells the Washington Post.

Possible locations included the mausoleum where Kim Jong-Un's father and grandfather - the North's founder - lie in state, or a military parade.

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"This bill gives the administration a powerful tool to cut off North Korea's funding by going after those who do business with the regime", Chairman Royce said.

KCNA laid out the alleged plot in great detail, saying it was hatched in 2014 when the South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies recruited a North Korean working in the timber industry in eastern Russian Federation.

Tillerson called on foreign ministers of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, to "minimize" diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, "so that North Korea does not gain benefit from its diplomatic channels for its nuclear and missile aspirations", senior State Department official Patrick Murphy said after Thursday's meeting at the State Department.

North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in Kim's death. It has described regular US-South Korea military exercises as plans to "decapitate" its leadership.

The dictatorship's security ministry said it would take vengeance against the countries.

The Guardian notes that "the CIA's long history of attempting covert assassinations of political leaders across the world is notorious", but, as with "other North Korean claims, the allegation that the Central Intelligence Agency plotted to assassinate Kim is impossible to verify".

As quoted by Fox News, the KNCA piece also said that "a string of absurd and reckless remarks are now heard from China everyday only to render the present bad situation tenser".

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