Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

CIA Used 'Nano-poisonous' Radioactive Substance in Kim Assassination Attempt: North Korea

CIA Used 'Nano-poisonous' Radioactive Substance in Kim Assassination Attempt: North Korea

North Korean news agency KCNA claimed the alleged plot included the use of "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance".

The country's Joint Chiefs of Staff has prepared a system called the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) that would involve surgical missile attacks, exclusive special warfare units and an ability to strike North Korea's leadership if South Korea feels threatened by nuclear attack.

North Korea held a large military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, but KCNA reported contacts between Kim and the South Korean agents as late as April 20.

"After a series of contacts and payments, the agents told the North Korean man last month that the type of biochemical substance had been decided and would be supplied by the Central Intelligence Agency".

Officials at South Korea's National Intelligence Service weren't immediately reachable for comment.

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.

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to tighten sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state.

Speculation continues over an expected North Korean nuclear test - which would be its sixth ever - but experts believe Pyongyang will wait until the conclusion of South Korea's presidential election on May 9 so as to not support conservatives running on a security platform.

The ministry demanded that the United States and South Korea apologize and execute the intelligence agents involved in the "heinous" plot.

Notwithstanding the truth of the allegations, they came at a time of high tension in the region.

Any new USA sanctions against North Korea would likely affect China, the North's most important trade partner.

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