As tensions flare on the Korean peninsula, President Trump has continued to take a tougher stance on the brutal Kim regime. In just a short period of time, Trump redirected a U.S. Navy carrier group and a nuclear submarine to the region. The show of force is intended to send a message to the North Koreans that our military is willing to use force if necessary to protect our interests.
Although some may see these moves as typical cat and mouse between the U.S. and North Korea, there is evidence that this time around is different. In fact, as the Kim regime looks to keep China on its side, it’s throwing around some pretty serious accusations at the U.S.
From the Washington Times:
North Korea on Friday accused the U.S. and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving biochemical weapons.
In a statement carried on state media, North Korea’s Ministry of State Security said it will “ferret out and mercilessly destroy” the “terrorists” in the CIA and South Korean intelligence agency responsible for targeting its supreme leadership.North Korea frequently lambasts the United States and South Korea, but its accusation Friday was unusual in its detail.
Even more bizarre was how detailed the allegations were:The ministry said the spy agencies in June 2014 “ideologically corrupted and bribed” a North Korean citizen who was working in Russia to carry out the alleged assassination on Kim after returning home.
It said South Korean agents gave money and satellite communication equipment to the North Korean to attack Kim during a public event using a biochemical weapon such as a delayed-action radioactive or “nano poisonous” substance.
However, the alleged plot is eerily similar to tactics the North Koreans have used themselves:
The alleged plan to use a biochemical agent on a member of North Korea’s ruling family resembles the assassination earlier this year of Kim Jong Un’s exiled half brother at a Malaysian airport. That attack, using the chemical war agent VX, was widely blamed on North Korea and led to calls in the United States to relist the North as a state sponsor of terrorism.
It is likely the hope of the North Korean government that such an accusation could elicit sympathy from a wavering China. President Trump’s diplomatic work recently helped to make the Chinese back away from established trade with North Korea. China further distancing itself from the regime could have a disastrous impact on the North Korean economy.
U.S. and South Korean intelligence agencies have yet to comment on the alleged assassination attempt. However, such an attempt would be an unlikely change of tactics for the two allies.
What is clear is that the situation in Korea is deteriorating quickly. Allegations of an attempted assassination only further highlight how desperate the Kim regime is to maintain control of power.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]