North Korea accused the CIA and South Korea’s intelligence service of attempting assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-Un, with a bio-chemical weapon.
The statement from North Korea’s Ministry of State Security released Friday said the U.S. intelligence agency had bribed a North Korean citizen, named only as Kim, in 2014 to carry out the plot.
“The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. and the Intelligence Service (IS) of south Korea, hotbed of evils in the world, hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK,” the statement published by North Korea’s KCNA news agency said. “Those acts have been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation after crossing the threshold of the DPRK.”
The allegation itself is impossible to verify, but the statement gave lengthy details about the alleged plot. The statement said Kim had received a total payment of about $740,000 and was given satellite transceivers and other materials and equipment.
He was told that “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,” the statement said.
The possible locations for the killing included events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a military parade, or a public procession after Kim Jong-Un return home, according to the statement.
No details about how the supposed plot was uncovered were given in the statement. It only said “criminals going hell-bent to realize such a pipe dream cannot survive on this land even a moment.”
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been high for weeks, driven by the Trump administration’s more confrontatioal approach to the country as well as North Korea’s advancing nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to impose new sanctions on North Korea.
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service cannot be reached by the Reuters for comment. The U.S. military has said CIA director Mike Pompeo visited South Korea this week and met the NIS chief for discussions.
While the CIA has a notorious history of attempting execute assassinations of political leaders across the world, the intelligence agency was forced to stop such operations in the 1970s after a Senate inquiry concluded that the policy was counterproductive.
“If they continue to make challenges in disregard of the DPRK’s warning and common desire of humankind, they are bound to meet nothing but the most miserable end in history,” the statement warned.
This post originally ran on teleSUR.