A North Korean referred to only as "Kim" was paid to carry out an attack with biochemical substances, the ministry of state security said.
North Korea has accused the US and South Korean spy agencies of an unsuccessful assassination attempt on leader Kim Jong Un involving bio-chemical weapons. The North Korean Security Ministry alleged that a North Korean native working in Russian Federation as a lumberjack was "bribed", Yonhap reports, by the Central Intelligence Agency and NIS to kill Kim Jong-un.
FILE - In this Saturday, April 15, 2017, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.
Earlier this year, Kim's exiled half-brother was assassinated at a Malaysian airport in a similar fashion to that described by the security ministry.
It comes after reclusive North Korea warned this week that United States hostility had brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. South Korea's intelligence service told CNN they know nothing about the alleged plot.
The claims come amid high tensions in the region.
North Korea's claims have not yet been confirmed.
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"The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 17 joint military drills revealed that the new Trump administration, too is resorting to the hostile policy toward North Korea by use of force, tougher sanctions and pressure", it said.
No details were given in the ministry statement of how the supposed plot was uncovered, or of Kim's fate.
The statement, which ran in North Korean state media, said the plot's origins began in 2014 and that South Korean agents, in collusion with the Central Intelligence Agency, gave more than $100,000 and satellite communications equipment to the North Korean citizen to orchestrate an attack on Mr. Kim during a public event using a delayed-action biochemical poison.
The allegations made by North Korea are detailed.
"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.
In a bid to cut off Pyongyang's access to hard currency, the measure sanctions persons or entities that import North Korean coal, iron or iron ore beyond UN-imposed limits, or that facilitate the regime's online business activities.
Although the North Korean suspect was not named in the official televised broadcast, he was identified by his surname - Kim.