North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

In a statement carried by the North's official news agency, KCNA, the unidentified spokesman said the National Intelligence Service had hired a North Korean logger working in Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East, in 2014 to prepare for "state-sponsored terrorism".

But the allegation is likely to escalate already soaring tension between Pyongyang and the Tump administration, which is pushing to revamp USA strategy toward North Korea amid growing concern over Mr. Kim's accelerating pursuit of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles that could threaten allies such as South Korea and Japan and reach the American homeland.

It said South Korean agents gave money and satellite communication equipment to the North Korean to attack Kim during a public event using a biochemical weapon such as a delayed-action radioactive or "nano poisonous" substance.

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.

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The statement did not make clear the timing of the alleged plot, but North Korea conducted an annual military parade in Pyongyang, featuring a display of missiles overseen by top leader Kim Jong Un and his right-hand men, on April 15.

Though Chinese analysts recognize the dangers posed by the North, they have long seen Chinese influence as limited and believe that US hostility toward North Korea is the root cause of peninsular tensions, Snyder said. Both Malaysia and South Korea have blamed the North for the assassination, which retorts that the accusations are an attempt to smear it.

Pompeo's visit to South Korea included "detailed security discussions" with Seoul intelligence officials and a visit to an island near the border with the North, according to the USA military command in Korea.

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According to CNN, North Korean state news agency KCNA uncovered a "hideous" plot by a terrorist group that attempted to kill the supreme leader.

The US has sent a warship to the region and installed a controversial anti-missile defence system in South Korea. The country's leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly threatened to bomb South Korea and the United States using its ballistic missiles. North Korea has continued on with its missile tests despite condemnation from the worldwide community and threats from the USA and its allies.

"Only the Central Intelligence Agency can produce such substance", it said, adding that South Korea had borne the funding. Recent satellite images showed extensive infrastructure being built on artificial islands in the Yellow Sea and analysts suggested that the type and make of numerous buildings likely mean they'll be used for military operations like missile launches. Beijing also told Pyongyang that it would not offer military assistance even if the U.S. makes a pre-emptive strike on the North.

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