In a region already tense over nuclear threats, North Korea accused the South Korean and usa intelligence agencies Friday of plotting to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong Un, and it warned of an unspecified counterattack.
The statement, carried by North Korean news agency KCNA, said the alleged plot included the use of "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance".
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North Korea has a history of accusing the United States and South Korea of planning preemptive military attacks and to target its leaders, but analysts said it could be the first time it has accused the allies of an actual assassination attempt.
A statement from North Korea's official media announced the accusation and added that their government will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" US and South Korean "terrorists" who purportedly targeted Kim.
North Korean leader Kim Jon Un oversees a combat drill of the Korean People's Army in this undated photo released by North Korea's Central News Agency, Dec. 11, 2016.
"They hatched a plot of letting human scum Kim commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership during events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and at a military parade and public procession after his return home", KCNA said.
"Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organisations of the USA imperialists and the puppet clique", Pyongyang said.
The statement alleges that a North Korean, which it identifies only by the surname "Kim", had been "corrupted and bribed" by South Korean intelligence services while he was working in Russian Federation.
On Monday, President Donald Trump admitted that he'd be "honored" to meet with the North Korean dictator.
In February, China suspended all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to implement United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping the Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program. The U.S. military has said Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo visited South Korea this week and met the NIS chief for discussions.