US, South plotting to kill Kim Jong

Evrard Martin
Mai 15, 2017

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce's (R-CA) Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens sanctions targeting North Korea's Kim Jong Un regime.

The North Korean claim was somewhat ironic, considering that Kim's estranged half brother, Kim Jong Nam, was assassinated in February in Malaysia with a banned chemical weapon identified as VX nerve agent, according to Malaysian authorities.

Kim Jong-un is reported to be on the verge of launching military strikes against South Korea. 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.

According to experts quoted by Yonhap, tougher US sanctions would affect China, but it would be hard for Beijing to completely ignore them.

The statement did not give any information on how the plot was foiled or what happened to the alleged spy. South Korea said that the North's claims were "completely false".

Kim's visit to the military units reported on Friday demonstrated a similar motive: signaling a readiness to fight, while steering clear of weapons tests condemned as "very bad" by US President Donald Trump, Yonhap reported.

"Due to the USA military provocations that are becoming more explicit day by day, the situation in the Korean peninsula that is already sensitive is being driven to a point close to nuclear war", a North Korean news anchor warned via the media as per a Reuters translation. The alleged plot was a "hideous crime" the security ministry said, and tantamount to "the declaration of a war". The US is said to be lending its expertise to the plan.

Deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Patrick Murphy Murphy stressed ties with Pyongyang are a sovereign matter for ASEAN states, but confirmed that Tillerson had urged them to review their positions.

The latest accusation is just one of a number of North Korean conspiracy theories. The North believes the US and South are seeking to assassinate Kim, said Professor Koh Yu-Hwan of Dongguk University. It was "unimaginable that individuals can get close enough to Kim to harm him in light of supertight security there", he told AFP.

"The price that Beijing pays for its longstanding support for a North Korean regime that exports instability as its only sure means of regime survival is a bill that has finally come due".

The North Korean leader has been pictured inspecting military detachments on the islets of Jangje and Mu, which are close to the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.

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