Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

North Korea Accuses CIA Of Attempting To Kill Kim Jong

North Korea Accuses CIA Of Attempting To Kill Kim Jong

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

North Korea said that the latest US-South Korean joint military drills were "unprecedentedly ugly and most adventurous ones" in several decades, media reports said.

The spy agencies in June 2014 "ideologically corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen who was working in Russian Federation to carry out the alleged assassination on Kim after returning home, the reports quoting the interior ministry.

The statement called the plot equivalent to "the declaration of a war" by the United States against North Korea.

The ministry alleged that the North Korean man had been "turned" by the CIA and the South Korean intelligence service while working in Russian Federation in 2014.

North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in Kim's death.

It could be the first time North Korea has accused the allies of an actual assassination attempt.

South Korea has accused Pyongyang of assassination plots, too, most recently in February following the murder of Kim Jong Nam, allegedly at the hands of North Korean agents.

Both Malaysia and South Korea have blamed the North for the assassination, which retorts that the accusations are an attempt to smear it.

North Korea state security also said the suspect was stationed in Khabarovsk, Russia, in June 2014, when he was approached by Central Intelligence Agency and NIS agents. The North Korean Security Ministry alleged that a North Korean native working in Russian Federation as a lumberjack was "bribed", Yonhap reports, by the Central Intelligence Agency and NIS to kill Kim Jong-un. North Korea often uses colourful language and is no stranger to extravagant claims.

According to experts quoted by Yonhap, tougher US sanctions would affect China, but it would be hard for Beijing to completely ignore them.

CNN points out that South Korea's plans to kill Kim aren't secret - well not all of them.

A major military parade showing off weapons and troops was held in Pyongyang last month.

The article alleged that a North Korean named "Kim" had accepted money to become "a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK".

The threatened South Korean media companies included TV station Channel A, which described the festivals involving tens of thousands of children as an Adolf Hitler-style "political show". The North Korean statement described the USA as a state sponsor of terrorism itself, and an "empire of evil".

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