In a long report by Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was accused on Friday of trying to use biochemical substances to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea’s Ministry of State Security claimed agents paid an overseas North Korean laborer in the eastern Russia to detonate a bomb with “radioactive” and “nano poisonous” substances when he attended a military parade in Pyongyang. A major military parade showing off weapons and troops was held in Pyongyang last month.
The April parade in Pyongyang celebrated the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country’s late founder
The agents “ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim” to carry out the attack the statement said, using the initials for North Korea’s formal name. There was no news of how Kim smuggled the device back into North Korea or what had become of him.
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.”
While the Pyongyang regime often makes accusations against its southern neighbors and the US without offering evidenced to support its claims, the accusations were unusual in their length and the extent of detail offered.
North Korea’s Ministry of State Security claimed the substances employed in the alleged attack could be used remotely and with a delayed effect.
“Assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or 12 months,” the Ministry claimed.
The plot was tantamount to “the declaration of a war,” the statement added and it accused the US of sponsoring terrorism.
On Thursday, the US House of Representatives voted 419 to 1 to tighten
File photos of the late Kim Jong Nam, elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Malaysia airport killing
The accusations from Pyongyang come as the US administration considers listing North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism following the apparent assassination of the North Korean leader’s estranged brother Kim Jong Nam at an international airport in Malaysia in February.
The United States kept North Korea on its terrorism blacklist for more than 20 years following the deadly bombing of a South Korean airliner in 1987. President George W. Bush lifted the designation in 2008 ahead of talks proposing aid in exchange for disarmament.
There are heavy international
The US also restricts foreign aid, defense sales and exports of sensitive technologies to Pyongyang.