Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

North Korea claims US 'biochemical' plot to kill Kim Jong Un

North Korea claims US 'biochemical' plot to kill Kim Jong Un

It said a terrorist group backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korean spies had entered the country for the attempted assassination, vowing that an "anti-terrorist attack" would begin "from this moment".

North Korea has accused US and South Korean intelligence agencies of attempting to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un, China's Xinhua reported Friday.

The North's Ministry of State Security released a statement saying "the last-ditch effort" of U.S. "imperialists" and the South had gone "beyond the limits".

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

The alleged plan to use a biochemical agent on a member of North Korea's ruling family resembles the assassination earlier this year of Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother at a Malaysian airport.

It did not mention Kim Jong-un by name, but he is widely referred to as the Supreme Leader.

The ministry said the spy agencies "ideologically corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen who had been working in Russian Federation to carry out the alleged assassination attempt involving a "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substance.

Reclusive North Korea warned this week that United States hostility had brought the region to the brink of nuclear war.

The situation on the Korean peninsula aggravated in recent months as North Korea carried out a number of missile launches and nuclear tests, which are considered to be in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions.

In the statement Friday, the ministry said in response to the alleged plot on Kim Jong Un, a "Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the US imperialists and the puppet clique", referring to South Korea.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Washington was preparing further sanctions for use "if it turns out North Korea's actions warrant additional sanctions", Reuters reported. He also warned other countries their firms could face so-called secondary sanctions for doing illicit business with Pyongyang.

They allegedly smeared the man's face with the toxic VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

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