The communist country vowed to undertake “counter-terrorism measures of justice” against the two countries after their intelligence agencies allegedly tried to assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-Un.
Announcing the harrowing plans via its state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang said its military will begin a “series of more powerful anti-terrorism striking action and mercilessly destroy the terrorists”.
The hermit kingdom claimed the attempted assassination of Kim 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 two countries were going to use “biochemical substances” to exterminate him.
North Korean officials went on to accuse the CIA of bribing a North Korean citizen with £32,000 ($ 40,000) to carry out the assassination.
Ri Byong Ho, the head of North Korean intelligence described the suspect as a “very important person” and that “there have already been more than 80 planned terrorist attacks” which have been foiled, the newspaper added.
North Korea’s determination to retaliate against the US and South Korea comes after the US House of Representatives introduced the “North Korea Intelligence Enhancement Act”.
The proposed legislation would give the US intelligences agencies clearer monitoring powers over the North Korea’s nuclear weapons capacity, enabling early warning systems and assessments to hold Kim Jong-un accountable to imposed sanctions.
Currently, four US citizens are being held in North Korea. Kim Hak Song, the latest to be detained, worked for Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, taken on suspicion of “hostile acts against the state”.
A US State Department official said the detentions underscored “the risk associated with travel to North Korea”.
Days after the last US citizen was detained, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: “Obviously, this is concerning. We’re well aware of it and we’re going to work through the Embassy of Sweden… through our State Department, to seek the release of the individuals there.”