"North Korea's move seems to be aimed at showing that the regime remains firm in contrast to (the political turmoil) in South Korea", ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee told a regular press briefing, referring to a scandal that has led to an impeachment process for South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who was suspended by the parliament last Friday and is awaiting a ruling from the country's Supreme Court.
There is no certainty that what Trump says will come to pass; the White House clarified the president's comments by contending that before talks could be considered, Pyongyang would have to meet many conditions.
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 for targeting its supreme leadership.
It did not identify the alleged "terrorist" group, and neither the Central Intelligence Agency nor South Korea has responded to the claims. None of the accusations have been verified.
It alleged that the citizen, named Kim, was given $290,000 over the course of various meetings, meant for himself and "terrorist accomplices", as well as satellite communications equipment.
North Korea's Ministry of State Security claims that USA and South Korean agents paid a North Korean laborer working overseas to detonate a bomb filled with "radioactive" and "nano poisonous" substances in Pyongyang during a military parade - perhaps the one held on April 15 marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. Their lethal results will appear after six or 12 months.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea, the latest attempt by U.S. officials to deter North Korea from carrying out a sixth nuclear test.
Cui Zhiying, a professor at the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at Tongji University in Shanghai, said the freaky accusation appeared to be just another episode in a "war of words" between the two sides.
The country's leader Kim Jong-un has threatened to launch a ballistic missile at any time, which could strike the United States. North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they're seen as part of the North's push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the USA mainland.
Over the years, North Korea has also detained around a dozen US citizens for anti-state activities allegedly designed by the American government to cripple the undesirable North Korean regime. The U.S. military has said Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo visited South Korea this week and met the NIS chief for discussions.
The Trump administration has called for exerting "maximum pressure" on North Korea to prod it to give up its nuclear and missile programs. But South Korea has in the past admitted to having plans in place to kill Kim.
Unwilling to acknowledge that its people are fleeing, the North regularly accuses the South of abducting North Korean citizens.
North Korea has a history of making unfounded and irrational claims, and CNN was not able to independently corroborate the report. Recent satellite images showed extensive infrastructure being built on artificial islands in the Yellow Sea and analysts suggested that the type and make of numerous buildings likely mean they'll be used for military operations like missile launches. "Whether there is some truth [to the assassination claim] or whether it is entirely fictional, it fits this narrative".
He has also called for continuing USA "freedom of navigation" operations in the contested South China Sea. Further contacts were made over subsequent years, and the assassination attempt was to have taken place at a military parade, KCNA said.
The possible locations for the killing included events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a military parade, or a public procession after Kim Jong-Un return home, according to the statement. Two women smeared the deadly substance on his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and he died within 20 minutes. In March 2010, a North Korean torpedo allegedly sank a South Korean naval vessel, killing 46 sailors.
As of this writing, the entire Southeast Asia is pondering over the thought whether Kim Jong-un will listen to the United Nations or not.