North Korea: US and South Korea tried to assassinate Kim Jong Un

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The CIA declined to comment. None of the accusations have been verified.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the KPA on the spot in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 7, 2017. The individual is also alleged to have received a satellite transponder.

The report alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency, in conjunction with South Korea and a North Korean citizen identified only as Kim, attempted to kill the nation's leader at a recent military parade.

The ministry claimed that the "lethal results" of detonating a bomb packed with such substances would not take effect for six to 12 months.

While the CIA has a notorious history of attempting to execute assassinations of political leaders across the world, the intelligence agency was forced to stop such operations in the 1970s after a Senate inquiry concluded that the policy was counterproductive.

No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim's fate.

Cui Zhiying, a professor at the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai, said the weird accusation appeared to be just another episode in a "war of words" between the two sides.

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Kim visited military detachments on two islets controlled by North Korea, while forming a strategy against the "South Korean puppet army", state media reported on Friday.

Security and diplomatic experts have consistently advised caution in accepting official North Korean statement at face value.

There is at least one retaliatory plan that includes targeting North Korea's leadership if South Korea feels threatened by nuclear attack.

North Korea conducted an annual military parade on April 15, featuring a display of missiles and overseen by supreme leader Kim and his right-hand men.

The most recent test, which failed, came on Friday following a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea, chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Those sanctions - and that tension - could get even tighter if North Korea is added to the USA list of state sponsors of terror. But South Korea has in the past admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim.

One of the countries doing business with North Korea is China, as it supplies almost all of the regime's crude oil, diesel, and jet fuel.

The North Korean regime has a history of fabulist, unfounded claims, and is known for decrying global provocation on its own terms. The North regularly issues threats of military action without following through on them.

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