North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

In a statement carried on state media, North Korea's Ministry of State Security said it will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" the "terrorists" in the CIA and South Korean intelligence agency responsible for targeting its supreme leadership.

In the statement Friday, the ministry said in response to the alleged plot on Kim Jong Un, a "Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the USA imperialists and the puppet clique", referring to South Korea.

It's only the latest in a string of odd, as-yet-unproven accusations over the years that a proud, highly sensitive North Korea has leveled at its U.S and South Korean rivals.

NORTH Korea has blasted ally China in a stinging critique and said the Asian powerhouse should be grateful to Pyongyang for its protection.

"This is money that Kim Jong-un uses to advance his nuclear and missile program, and also pay his generals, buying their loyalty to his brutal regime", he said.

The half-brother of Kim Jong-un was poisoned with the VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport and died en route to a hospital. The North's leader is surrounded by tight security at all times, and Pyongyang maintains a very big surveillance system over its own population that is ingrained at every level of society, where open dissent is unknown.

The CIA and Seoul's Intelligence Services have "hatched a vicious plot" involving unspecified "biochemical substances" to kill the hermit state's young leader during public ceremonial events in Pyongyang, the Ministry of State Security said.

Kim - described as "human scum" - received payments totalling at least $740,000 and was given satellite transceivers and other materials and equipment, it said.

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Checks on China's National Enterprise Credit Information system show that a company of that name was formed on March 7 this year, with a Xu Guanghai named as its legal representative, and business areas including "chemical products".

The KCNA report claimed the plot was "recently uncovered and smashed", and accused members of the Central Intelligence Agency and IS of working with a North Korean citizen to provide money and weapons to carry out "state-sponsored terrorism".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that Washington was working on more sanctions against North Korea if it takes steps that merit a new response.

"The days of "strategic patience" toward North Korean aggression are over".

China has repeatedly said that while it is happy to help arrange talks, it is ultimately up to the United States and North Korea to sort out their differences.

A commentary carried by North Korea's KCNA news agency referred to recent commentaries in China's People's Daily and Global Times newspapers, which it said were "widely known as media speaking for the official stand of the Chinese party and government".

The North Korean military has trained for a commando raid on the South Korean presidential palace, the Blue House.

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