Tensions are heating up between South Korea, North Korea, and the United States, but the blame game between the bitter rivals hits closer to home this time.
Bonded by unease and hostility, the countries are faced with yet another obstacle. North Korea launched accusations of the U.S. plotting with the South to attempt an assassination of Kim Jong-un.
On May 5, 2017, The New York Times reported that the North Korean government proclaimed:
It had recently uncovered a “hideous terrorists’ group” that the South Koreans and the C.I.A. had sent into the country on a secret mission to kill Mr. Kim with biochemical agents.
As more details surface, the world learned the details on how the heinous act would have been carried out. The assassination plan was supposedly advocated by the South Korean leader, Park Chung-hee.
NBC News reported that North Korea blamed Park for his endorsement of an “operation to replace the supreme leader of the North.” Kim believes the plot to assassinate him is ongoing since 2004. He contends that agents of South Korea attempted to kill the leader using train crash. Each of the two trains was pulling a fuel car and the accident injured or killed at least 3,000 people.
Kim later brought up that there was an attempt made on his life at his parade in June 2014. He believes that the attempt was to poison him and his enemies bribed North Korean officials to carry out the act.
North Korea’s Ministry of State Security released a statement that included:
Officers at South Korea’s National Intelligence Service had trained the man in the assassination plot and provided him with $20,000 and a satellite communication device.
His paranoia may make sense, especially since on Feb. 13, 2017, Kim’s half-brother, Jong Nam, was murdered by a super toxic nerve agent. It killed him in 20 minutes.
In addition to the rising nuclear tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, it can be inferred that there is significant paranoia on either side of the border walls.
During the ongoing blame game between the bitter rivals, there have been constant threats of war and turmoil. This is not limited to the opposing forces but has slowly included allies, who are adamantly voicing their opinions. It appears unlikely that allegations will cease and the countries will reach an agreement.
Written by Keishjuan Owens
Edited by Cathy Milne
The New York Times: North Korea Calls for Execution of South Korean Ex-President and Aide
NBC News: North Korea Accuses CIA of Failed Kim Jong Un Assassination Plot
Independent: North Korea accuses CIA of trying to assassinate Kim Jong-un with ‘biochemical substances’
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