North Korea accuses U.S. of trying to assassinate Kim Jong Un

Nick Mcbride
May 7, 2017

The statement said that in June 2014, South Korean agents conspiring with the Central Intelligence Agency had "ideologically and corrupted and bribed" a North Korean citizen who was employed at the time as a timber industry worker in the eastern Russian territory of Khabarovsk.

"We didn't cross the "red line" of the (North Korea)-China relationship", the commentary in Rodong Sinmun said, as quoted by CNN.

Trump has been taking a wide-ranging approach to North Korea and recently expressed an interest in meeting Kim in the right circumstances.

The spy agency later provided the man with additional cash to hire co-conspirators, the statement said.

It said the plot was a "last-ditch effort" by U.S. "imperialists" and South Korea that had gone "beyond the limits".

The half-brother of Kim Jong-un was poisoned with the VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport and died en route to a hospital.

President Trump has warned of "major, major conflict" with North Korea.

The lurid accusations come with Pyongyang and Washington at loggerheads over the North's banned weapons programs, which have seen it subjected to multiple sets of United Nations Security Council sanctions. The accusations come with the USA and North trading threats over the latter's nuclear and missile programs, and as Washington considers whether to re-designate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.

KCNA laid out the alleged plot in great detail, saying it was hatched in 2014 when the South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies recruited a North Korean working in the timber industry in eastern Russian Federation. The South Korean presidential election is scheduled to be held on May 9.

North Korea has a history of making unfounded and irrational claims, and CNN was not able to independently corroborate the report. The National Intelligence Service dismisses them as propaganda.

It comes a day after the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation to impose fresh sanctions against North Korea.

When it accused the South Korean spy agency in these cases, it usually named the CIA as a co-conspirator or the mastermind.

On Wednesday, North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency ran a commentary piece which, in a rare move, criticized China directly for its "reckless remarks" on the North's nuclear program.

It is widely believed to have mounted a hacking attack of Sony Pictures in 2014 as a retaliation against "The Interview", a comedy based on a fictional plot to assassinate Kim. Chinese authorities suspended coal imports from North Korea in February.

Anyone who uses the slave labor that North Korea exports to other countries would be subject to sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the bill states.

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