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North Korea: US and South Korea tried to assassinate Kim Jong Un

The Ministry of State Security alleges the agencies "ideologically corrupted and bribed a North Korean citizen surnamed Kim" to orchestrate the attack - paying him tens of thousands of dollars.

Tensions have surged in the region in recent weeks in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests and rhetoric from US President Donald Trump's administration on the country's weapons programme.

State media reports quoted the country's security ministry as saying it would "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" the agents in the US and South Korean spy agencies it accuses of plotting the attack.

"Upon his repatriation, the [intelligence agencies] conspired with [the suspect] to carry out a bomb attack on our supreme leader, either during an event at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, or at a military parade", the statement read.

The CIA told its agent Kim it had access to radioactive and "nano poisonous" substances whose lethal results would appear only after six to 12 months, the statement said.

The North Korean Security Ministry alleged that a North Korean native working in Russian Federation as a lumberjack was "bribed", Yonhap reports, by the Central Intelligence Agency and NIS to kill Kim Jong-un.

The Trump administration is clearly eager to change North Korea's trajectory-in any way possible.

The allegations came after the US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favour of imposing tighter sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry. The alleged plot was a "hideous crime" the security ministry said, and tantamount to "the declaration of a war".

He said North Korea's aim could be to divert attention from the use of VX nerve gas to assassinate the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport in February, or to influence South Korea's May 9 election.

The North Korean envoy asked his South Korean counterpart in detail about the culture and lives of those in South Korea. Anyone who uses slave labor that the North exports would be subject to sanctions.

CNN points out that South Korea's plans to kill Kim aren't secret - well not all of them.

Then, in April, reports suggested that China's patience with North Korea was wearing thin as Pyongyang continued to conduct nuclear missile tests, and that Beijing was considering a suspension of its crude oil exports to its neighbor should North Korea conduct a sixth nuclear test.

The ministry demanded that the United States and South Korea apologize and execute the intelligence agents involved in the "heinous" plot. It said the plot was a "last-ditch effort" by U.S. "imperialists" and South Korea that had gone "beyond the limits".

In July past year, North Korea presented to the media a man it alleged was a South Korean spy who tried to enter the North to kidnap children.

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