Korea says US, S. Korea tried to assassinate its leader

Still, as AP describes it, the new accusation marks a departure from the frequent bluster from Pyongyang directed at the US, as it "was unusual in its detail".

Some of Pyongyang's security officials believe terror cells sponsored by the CIA and South Korea's National Intelligence Service have seeped through the country's borders with plans to kill North Korea's leader with biological weapons.

How far China would go in helping change North Korea's behavior is a "litmus test" that will affect the future of the relations between Washington and Beijing, a US expert said Friday.

North Korea was among the hot button issues the prime minister discussed with US President Donald Trump during bilateral talks in NY on Friday (US time).

They allegedly smeared the man's face with the toxic VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

Vice President Mike Pence cautioned that the country's long-standing policy of "strategic patience" toward North Korea was over during a visit to South Korea last month.

For the Central Intelligence Agency 'assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or twelve months, ' the North Korean Ministry said in a statement carried by state media on Friday. Such an operation would be extremely hard to prepare and carry out successfully.

Pyongyang presented extensive details but offered no concrete proof.

The ministry refers to two payments to "Kim" of $US20,000 and a further two of $100,000 for "bribery" and obtaining equipment.

The report didn't say when the plot was foiled, but only that it was "uncovered and smashed" recently.

"The Trump administration ultimately expects Beijing to put enough pressure on Pyongyang to make Kim realize that the nuclear program endangers rather than assures the survival of his regime", Snyder said.

North Korea has accused the us and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving bio-chemical weapons.

The U.S. House of Representatives have overwhelmingly approved legislation to tighten sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive.

China, North Korea's largest trading partner and main benefactor, suspended imports of North Korean coal in line with United Nations sanctions earlier this year.

Analysts said the accusations could be a pre-emptive attempt to try to dissuade Washington from any attempt at a surgical strike on its leadership, as suggested by some commentators. The US is said to be lending its expertise to the plan. It was "unimaginable that individuals can get close enough to Kim to harm him in light of supertight security there", he told AFP.

The 1,800-word report did not specify when the alleged assassination plot was stopped. Bullet holes are still visible on a tree above the presidential Blue House.

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