North Korean official news agency on Friday accused the US and South Korean spy agencies of an assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving biochemical weapons.
State media claims USA and South Korean intelligence agencies were working together with an unidentified terrorist group to carry out an attack, possibly with a biochemical weapon at a military parade.
"The murderous demons of the IS who conspired with the Central Intelligence Agency ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim, the then worker of the timber industrial branch in the Khabarovsk Territory of Russian Federation in June 2014, and turned him into a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK", the statement read.
North Korea's Ministry of State Security claimed the substances employed in the alleged attack could be used remotely and with a delayed effect.
"China should no longer try to test the limits of the DPRK's patience", the North Korean commentary said, using the acronym for its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
This comes as tensions between Pyongyang and the administration of President Donald Trump escalates over USA military build-up on the Korean Peninsula and the North's carrying out nuclear and missile tests. North Korean officials claim that the terrorists were later uncovered as being Central Intelligence Agency agents.
The Supreme Leader would have been targeted at a military parade and public procession, with the results not visible for six to 12 months afterwards, it said.
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No explanation was offered as to how the supposed plot was foiled, or what happened to the North Korean citizen who was allegedly involved.
A week ago, North Korea conducted its second failed ballistic missile test in two weeks.
North Korea has a history of bombastic propaganda featuring unfounded claims.
North Korea has issued a rare direct criticism of China through a commentary saying its "reckless remarks" on the North's nuclear program are testing its patience and could trigger unspecified "grave" consequences.
In a surprising move earlier this week, US President Donald Trump said he "would be honored" to meet North Korean leader, a day after Trump praised Kim as "a pretty smart cookie". Trump seemed somewhat sympathetic of the 33-year-old, pointing out how he had to take over his country and all the pressure that comes with it at a young age.
One of the countries doing business with North Korea is China, as it supplies almost all of the regime's crude oil, diesel, and jet fuel.
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