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In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce UN sanctions

In global appeal, North Korea urges states not to enforce UN sanctions

In a press statement attached to its letter, North Korea's U.N. mission accused the United States of trying to intimidate countries into fully implementing U.N. sanctions by "openly threatening that they would be faced with "strong measures of sanction" by the U.S".

The CIA and the US White House declined to comment on the statement from the North's Ministry of State Security last week.

North Korea accused the US and South Korean security agencies of planning a biochemical attack on leader Kim during April 15 celebrations in the North's capital of the anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il Sung.

North Korea's military manpower has been growing but remains well below that of South Korea, which ranked 11th in the world, according to an annual ranking of the world's armed forces.

But North Koreans sometimes take matters into their own hands, the report states.

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The prosecutors called for the arrests and extraditions of those they say led or were involved with "the ugly state-sponsored crime".

North Korea claims the primary suspect is a man it has identified only by the ubiquitous surname "Kim".

"The CIA can never dodge its responsibility for having played a mastermind role in the crime", the North's Central Public Prosecutor's Office said, according to KCNA.

North Korea's United Nations mission on Thursday said the plot was a "declaration of war".

"I'm sure we'll have others join in from across the intelligence community to try and focus this effort so that we can get back on our front foot with respect to foreign intelligence collection against the North Koreans and the capacity, the impact what Kim Jung-Un is actually doing", he said. It says he is a North Korean resident of Pyongyang who worked for a time in the Russian Far East. The North is also holding Otto Frederick Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, and Kim Dong-chul, a businessman.

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"These terrorists plotted and planned in detail for the use of biochemical substances including radioactive and poisonous substances as the means of assassination", Vice Minister Han said.

North Korea also fired back after the US installed a missile defense system in South Korea.

North Korea's United Nations mission said the organisers infiltrated "the terrorist" into the country with several pieces of satellite communications equipment so he could be updated "with the operational code of terrorism against the supreme leadership, various terrorist methods of using biochemical substances, ways of bribing and hiring the one who would actually carry out the terrorist act and ways of entering the venue of the event".

The committee is chaired by Ri Su Yong, a close aide to leader Kim Jong Un and a career diplomat.

North Korea also warned against stepping up pressure, a measure that would "only accelerate the nuclear deterrent" of the country.

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