Repeating accusations that US and South Korean spies were behind the plot, North Korea’s vice foreign minister said his country will “wipe out” the suspects once they have been found.
North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Hang Song Ryol, said: “The Central Prosecutor’s Office will ask for the handover of those criminals and prosecute them under the relevant laws.”
He insisted that the “principled stand of the… government is to find out all of the terrorist maniacs and mercilessly wipe them out”, the country’s KCNA news agency reports.
Last week, Pyongyang claimed the CIA had bribed a North Korean citizen with £32,000 ($ 40,000) to carry out Kim Jong-un’s assassination.
The hermit kingdom claimed the attempted assassination was due to take place on the Day of the Sun, which commemorates the birth of North Korea’s founder, Ki Il-sung.
During the parade, North Korea said the culprits were going to use “biochemical substances” to exterminate him.
The primary suspect has been identified as a man named “Kim”. North Korean officials claim a South Korean agent named Jo Ki Chol and a “secret agent” named Xu Guanghai met with Kim at North Korea’s border with China, to give him equipment and cash, Fox News repots.
North Korea’s vice foreign minister added: “These terrorists plotted and planned in detail for the use of biochemical substances including radioactive and poisonous substances as the means of assassination.
“These biochemical substances were to be provided with the assistance of the CIA… while the South Korean Intelligence Service was going to provide necessary support and funding for this attempt at assassination on our supreme leader.”
He continued in a statement: “According to our law, the Central Public Prosecutor’s Office of the DPRK will use all available methods to start to work to demand the handover of the criminals involved, so as to punish the organisers, conspirators and followers of this terrible state-sponsored terrorism.”
Hours after Mr Hang commented on the country’s suspect search, the CIA announced the launch of their Korea Mission Centre to tackle Pyongyang’s increasing aggression. Officers in the unit will focus on “nuclear and ballistic” threats.