13 May, 2017
A North Korean referred to only as "Kim" was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry of state security said.
The Ministry of State Security claimed that a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency had entered the country to attack Kim with a bio-chemical substance.
Vice President Mike Pence cautioned that the country's long-standing policy of "strategic patience" toward North Korea was over during a visit to South Korea last month.
North Korean ministry claimed that the government was made aware of a 2014 assassination attempt against Kim that was to be carried out by an "ideologically corrupted and bribed" citizen who reportedly worked closely with Russian operatives to take out Kim, ABC News reported.
Analysts say such an assassination operation would be extremely hard to plan and carry out given the massive security around the supreme leader. Allegedly, Kim had worked as a lumberjack in Russia's Khabarovsk region.
"We will "ferret out and mercilessly destroy" the "terrorists" in the CIA and South Korean intelligence agency responsible for targeting its supreme leadership".
They allegedly smeared the man's face with the toxic VX nerve agent, a chemical described by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.
SEOUL, South Korea A turncoat assassin sent to North Korea armed with "nano poison" to kill leader Kim Jong Un?
South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min Koo as saying on January 4 that South Korea would launch a special unit this year tasked with "removing or paralyzing" North Korea's command structure in the event of a war.
On Saturday, North Korea conducted its second failed ballistic missile test in two weeks. The U.S. military has said Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo visited South Korea this week and met the NIS chief for discussions.
There is no certainty that what Trump says will come to pass; the White House clarified the president's comments by contending that before talks could be considered, Pyongyang would have to meet many conditions.