In a briefing to diplomats and international representatives Thursday, North Korea’s foreign ministry claimed “heinous terrorists”, infiltrated by the CIA and South Korean intelligence agencies, had been detected in North Korea and were planning to commit “state-sponsored terrorism” involving a biochemical substance.
According to state media, North Korean vice-minister Han Song Ryol claimed that “man-killing demons” in South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) had “pushed ahead a plan for hideous terrorism against the DPRK [North Korea] supreme leadership in top secrecy, in collusion with the CIA”.
In a chilling response, the hermit state resolved to “find out all of the terrorist maniacs and mercilessly wipe them out”.
The vice-minister added: “Since it is quite clear to anyone that another heinous terrorist scheme will be made as long as the US imperialists and the South Korean puppet group of traitors pursue their hostile policy towards the DPRK, a Korean-style war on terrorism will be commenced at once in a consecutive and intensive way to root out the plot-breeding centres and dens of evil in this planet.
Han also claimed that as long as “such man-killing groups” as the CIA and NIS exist, “it is impossible to expect the world to be free from terrorism”.
The vice-minister called for a joint effort from “peace-loving people” to put a “definite end” to “all sorts of unethical plots and arbitrary and evil deeds ruthlessly violating their desire for peace and stability”.
The propaganda report claimed the diplomatic envoys and international body representatives expressed “deep concern about such attempted heinous terrorism”, and “understanding of the DPRK’s principled stand”.
The bizarre tirade is the latest in a series of outlandish claims about an elaborate plot to assassinate the hermit kingdom’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
Last week, the authoritarian state claimed it had apprehended one of its citizens, named only as “Kim”, who had been “ideologically corrupted and bribed” by the CIA.
The North Korean ministry of state security claimed Kim had been turned into a “terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK”, and had been told to use biochemical substances to assassinate the country’s tyrannical head of state.
Citing the country’s track record of false information, however, experts have said the claims should be treated with a pinch of salt.