North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

KCNA laid out the alleged plot in great detail, saying it was hatched in 2014 when the South Korean and USA intelligence agencies recruited a North Korean working in the timber industry in eastern Russian Federation. Seoul had ordered it closed after Pyongyang defied worldwide warnings and tested a long-range rocket. The North has a grim record of military aggression, abductions and assassinations against South Korean leaders that pale in comparison to anything it has faced.

Flak from Japanese reluctant to let wayward North Korea disrupt everyday life came fast and furious. "Moon might not be able to reopen Kaesong right away but he will follow steps toward it in the course of improving South-North Korean relations".

The latest accusation is just one of a number of North Korean conspiracy theories.

It added that the Central Intelligence Agency had chosen to use "biochemical substances" for the assassination and described the alleged plot as tantamount to "the declaration of a war".

But Security Council resolutions are clear that further measures would be taken in the event of more nuclear or missile tests, Geng added.

A war of words between the West and nuclear-armed North Korea has escalated in recent weeks, with Pyongyang threatening to carry out a sixth nuclear test.

North Korea stands accused of assassinating Kim Jong Nam, Kim's estranged half brother, with a banned chemical weapon at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February.

It said they had "ideologically corrupted" and bribed a North Korean surnamed Kim - the most common Korean surname - and turned him into "a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership".

Experts say North Korea may already be able to hit South Korea or Japan with a nuclear weapon, and within years could have the capability to target the American mainland.

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"China will not allow its northeastern region to be contaminated by North Korea's nuclear activities", the Global Times declared. China can not be happy to see reinforcement of the United States military presence in Western Pacific and increasing military cooperation between the USA and Japan (a Japanese helicopter carrier took part in an exercise for the first time) that North Korean missile tests have brought about.

"We want to be in the driver's seat".

All of this comes as the United States is actively reconsidering its role in world affairs. He has repeatedly said the incoming administration should decide whether to deploy the anti-missile system and it should be ratified by parliament.

The government is considering deploying Tomahawks on the Maritime Self-Defence Force's Aegis-equipped vessels, the official said.

"There's the wild card factor", said Delury.

The bill also requires the Trump administration to determine within 90 days whether North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism. He shares a premise there with South Korean liberals.

Thus, the North Korean troubles too brew up in the same manner, where-in the entire nation led by the dictator par excellence in Pyongyang is being lambasted upon. Another leading candidate supports the "sunshine policy" under which Kaesong was created, and kept open in spite of successive North Korean nuclear tests.

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


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