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North Korea accuses U.S., South Korea of plotting to kill leader

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Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 23:37

North Korea recently uncovered a "hideous terrorists' group" that the National Intelligence Service of South Korea, working with the CIA, had sent into the North on a secret mission to kill Kim with biochemical agents, said a spokesman for the North's Ministry of State Security.

North Korea has claimed that the aim was to kill Mr Jong-un during a public event in Pyongyang.

The statement, carried by North Korea's official news agency and read on state TV, didn't describe how the alleged plot was broken up or give the full name of the North Korean suspect, identifying him only by his surname, Kim, and didn't say whether anyone else was in custody.

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

According to North Korea's state security ministry, the USA bribed an unnamed North Korean citizen to carry out the attack in Pyongyang, possibly during a military parade.

The allegations came after the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of imposing tighter sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry.

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In fact, the USA and North Korea's relationship has become so strained that China - North Korea's main ally - told the two countries to "stop irritating each other".

A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014.

Recent satellite images showed extensive infrastructure being built on artificial islands in the Yellow Sea and analysts suggested that the type and make of numerous buildings likely mean they'll be used for military operations like missile launches.

Calling the US and South Korean intelligence services a "hotbed of evils in the world", the report accused the agencies of having "hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK".

The news agency quoted a statement from the North's Ministry of State Security, saying "the last-ditch effort" of USA "imperialists" and the South had gone "beyond the limits".

A South Korean military source said that Kim is believed to have visited the islets Thursday on a small vessel.

In a bid to cut off Pyongyang's access to hard currency, the measure sanctions persons or entities that import North Korean coal, iron or iron ore beyond United Nations -imposed limits, or that facilitate the regime's online business activities. Kim looked at Yeonpyeong from an observation post and "examined the plan for fire strike of the newly organised forces at the objects of the enemy", KCNA said.

Over the decades, there have been occasional unconfirmed reports of quickly suppressed armed rebellions or assassination attempts in the North.

A Central Intelligence Agency supported terrorist group is planning a biochemical attack to kill Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang has claimed.