North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

He was supposed to target the "supreme leadership" at a public event or military parade, using "bomb terrorism" that involved "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano-poisonous substance", it said. They then infiltrated the "human scum" into North Korea, giving him instructions previous year on how to assassinate Kim, the spokesman said.

The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim visited military detachments on Jangjae and Mu islets and was briefed on the "recent movements of the enemy".

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

State media claims USA and South Korean intelligence agencies were working together with an unidentified terrorist group to carry out an attack, possibly with a biochemical weapon at a military parade.

In its response on Thursday, the Global Times - which can sometimes stridently espouse what it sees as China's interests - dismissed the KCNA article as "nothing more than a hyper-aggressive piece completely filled with nationalistic passion".

A similar charge was laid against Pyongyang by Seoul in February following the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, allegedly at the hands of North Korean agents.

Analyst Cheong Seong-chang at South Korea's private Sejong Institute said the North's discontent at China appears to be on the "verge of exploding". That attack, using the chemical war agent VX, was widely blamed on North Korea and led to calls in the United States to relist the North as a state sponsor of terrorism.




Pyongyang has threatened to carry out a sixth nuclear test that would further inflame tensions.

The CIA and Seoul's Intelligence Services (IS) have "ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim" to carry out the attack on Jong-Un, the statement said.

Unwilling to acknowledge that its people are fleeing, the North regularly accuses the South of abducting North Korean citizens.

The credibility of the latest claim could not be independently verified. The National Intelligence Service dismisses them as propaganda.

Without China's backing North Korea is a paper tiger except that it could cause major damage on South Korea with a first nuclear strike before it would be obliterated by the South backed by the U.S.

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

North Korean and Chinese media were at loggerheads yesterday after Pyongyang's official news agency issued a rare and stinging denunciation of its chief ally and diplomatic backer.

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