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

North Korea claimed in 2012 that South Korean spies persuaded a defector from the North to infiltrate the country and try to destroy statues of state founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of Kim Jong Un.

North Korea accused the us and South Korea of a launching an unsuccessful assassination attempt against North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un involving biochemical weapons, ABC News reported Friday morning.

The cooperation between spies and the North Korean man, identified only by his surname, Kim, allegedly began in 2014 when agents approached him while he was working in Russian Federation.

In February of this year, Kim's estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, was killed at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport with the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent.

"There is no doubt that the United States and South Korea have been thinking about eradicating Kim Jong Un, but it is hard to put into practice", he said.

In Washington, the CIA declined to comment, and officials at South Korea's National Intelligence Service did not answer repeated phone calls.

Though Chinese analysts recognize the dangers posed by the North, they have long seen Chinese influence as limited and believe that USA hostility toward North Korea is the root cause of peninsular tensions, Snyder said.

Further details mentioned in the report about the "terrorist" indicate that the individual's last name is also Kim and that the interaction with the Central Intelligence Agency and NIS occurred in June 2014.

Trump has been taking a wide-ranging approach to North Korea and recently expressed an interest in meeting Kim in the right circumstances.

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It said "Kim" had been told that the best method was the use of "biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance" whose results would "appear after six or 12 months".

South Korea said Jon, who was arrested by North Korea before he could allegedly blow anything up, defected to the South in 2010.

North Korea warned of an impending cataclysm should relations between the two countries reach a boiling point.

"By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S.is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war", North Korean officials said in a statement in April, according to KCNA. It even offered to send North Korean relatives to the South to reunite with the workers, although Seoul rejected the highly unusual overture.

In early April, President Donald Trump met with Chinese president Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida to discuss the "North Korean problem".

It did not mention Kim Jong-un by name, but he is widely referred to as the supreme leader.

For its part, South Korea has admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim.

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