North Korea's main secret police agency on Friday accused usa and South Korean intelligence agents of a failed but elaborate plot to assassinate the isolated nation's leader Kim Jong-un with "biochemical" and "nano poisonous substances".
The MSS claimed that CIA's intelligence agencies bribed a man from North Korea and transformed him into "a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK".
The North Korean had been equipped with $20,000, a radio transmitter and instructions to launch an attack at a military parade that Kim was attending. North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of "bio-chemical" plot against leadership https://t.co/FaOfE8PFyu- Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 5, 2017 In a statement, North Korea said "the last-ditch effort" of US.
In Washington, the CIA declined to comment, and officials at South Korea's National Intelligence Service did not answer repeated phone calls.
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North Korea's claims have not yet been confirmed.
Recent months have seen growing tension between North Korea and the USA largely spurred by the rogue state's continued work on developing a nuclear and missile programme despite global sanctions. North Korea often uses colourful language and is no stranger to extravagant claims.
In a surprising move earlier this week, US President Donald Trump said he "would be honored" to meet North Korean leader, a day after Trump praised Kim as "a pretty smart cookie".
A war of words between the West and North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, with the communist enclave threatening to carry out a sixth nuclear test.
On Friday, China responded to the events in the U.S. Congress by saying it supported United Nations Security Council resolutions but opposed the imposition of "unilateral sanctions".
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's KCNA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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".
But the allegation was also "aimed at keeping its people on their toes and strengthening its grip on them", and intended "to distance itself from the assassination of Jong-Nam who was killed by a chemical weapon".
The North Korean statement said the plan had "been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation".
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