North Korea accuses Central Intelligence Agency of plot to murder Kim Jong

Kim Jong-un test-fired a ballistic weapon on Saturday despite warnings from the US that failure to curb its nuclear and rocket trials could lead to'catastrophic consequences

Kim Jong-un test-fired a ballistic weapon on Saturday despite warnings from the US that failure to curb its nuclear and rocket trials could lead to'catastrophic consequences

North Korea claimed Friday that the United States and South Korea botched an assassination plot to kill dictator Kim Jong Un.

China is increasingly finding itself in a position to consider imposing an oil embargo, a last-resort measure to deter North Korea from its nuclear weapons ambitions, after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to toughen sanctions against the North Korean regime, according to experts quoted by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

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.

North's Korea's Ministry of State Security released a statement saying "the last-ditch effort" of US "imperialists" and the South had gone "beyond the limits", adding that such a "pipe dream" could never succeed.

If the idea of an bonkers assassination plot rings a bell, that's probably because North Korea was implicated in the murder of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, back in February.

According to USA TODAY, North Korea said a terrorist group helped coordinate the failed plot. North Korea regularly makes allegations about the West.

Photos of the military drill, which was observed by North Korean leader Kim John-un, were released by the North Korea's state owned news agency, KCNA, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, U.S. forces continue routine training with South Korea's military, including recently sending an American naval strike group to the Korean peninsula.

No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim's fate.

The Ministry of State Security said it will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" the "terrorists" in the intelligence agencies, the Associated Press writes. The North Korean statement described the USA as a state sponsor of terrorism itself, and an "empire of evil".

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea".

North Korea has continued on with its missile tests despite condemnation from the global community and threats from the US and its allies.

But South Korea has in the past admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim.

March and April 2017: "Kim" meets a South Korean agent in the city of Dandong in China and is given a new transmitter and more cash.

President Trump said that he and his administration were still looking for a non-military path, such as added economic sanctions, to deal with North Korea.

South Korean Marine commander Lt. Gen. Jun Jin-goo also inspected units on Yeonpyeong Thursday, telling them to "be prepared and positioned well enough to fight enemy provocations at any time", a statement said.

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