North Korea has accused the CIA of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong-un, AFP reports.
#BREAKING North Korea accuses CIA of plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un
- AFP news agency (@AFP) May 5, 2017
The country has claimed the CIA and South Korea tried to carry out a plan to kill the dictator with a 'biochemical substance', according to the Mirror.
After making the claims, the country threatened a 'counter attack' against the US and South Korea.
In a statement published by state media, the North Korean security ministry said: "We will ferret out and mercilessly destroy to the last one the terrorists of the U.S. CIA."
North Korea carried out a number of live fire drills last month. Credit: PA
Relations between the US and super-secretive North Korea have become more and more strained in recent weeks, as North Korea has carried out a number of weapons tests.
With North Korea threatening to carry out a nuclear attack on the US, it has also recently been reported Kim is considering a plan to strike South Korea.
South Korea and the US have taken part in a number of drill exercises.
Yesterday, Kim was said to be visiting military bases near the border, and called for 'combat readiness'.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that Kim had 'acquainted and examined the plan for fire strike of the newly organised forces at the objects of the enemy'.
A few weeks ago, state newspaper The Rodong Sinmun reported: "The DPRK will never remain a passive onlooker to the moves of the US to provoke a biochemical war against it but will conclude the standoff with the US, the empire of evils, by wiping it off the face of the Earth."
Meanwhile, Donald Trump promised to 'properly deal' with North Korea, which has led to fears the US could carry out a preemptive strike.
Neither South Korea nor the CIA has responded to the claims.