A top North Korean foreign ministry official says Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a biochemical poison. The CIA and the U.S. White House declined to comment on the statement from the North's Ministry of State Security last week.
The State Department issued a sharp warning to Americans on Tuesday (May 9) against travel to North Korea after the arrest of a fourth USA citizen, cautioning against the "serious risk" of lengthy detention and "unduly harsh sentences".
"Washington will also demand that other countries sever diplomatic relations with North Korea", the Chinese expert added. "When a USA citizen is reported to be detained in North Korea, we work with the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang".
It comes as the hermit state announced it will carry out a sixth nuclear test - despite the rest of the world warning against it.
The Central Intelligence Agency has created a special team dealing exclusively with North Korea in an unusual move underscoring the seriousness the United States attaches to the nuclear and missile threats from the communist nation.
China even threatened to cut off fuel exports to North Korea, whose resources greatly rely on exports from China, if Pyongyang carries out its sixth nuclear weapons test. Russia, meanwhile, "hinted it could replace at least some of that supply", clearly signaling its growing role on the Korean Peninsula, according to Stratfor.
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"The idea that Russia is once again superseding China as North Korea's major worldwide patron bodes well when viewed through the prism of North Korea's Cold War-era tactics of playing China and the USSR off of each other", Rinna added, hinting at the decades-long warm ties between the Russians and North Koreans after World War II.
The Korea Mission Center is the CIA's 11th Mission Center.
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea said Wednesday he will visit Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), under right conditions.
He stressed that North Korea could never achieve parity with the United States so it uses its nuclear weapons card as blackmail to get concessions or to force the USA into negotiations.
China, though, has not invited North Korea's rival South Korea to the conference, citing its dispute over a USA defense missile system's presence in their country, reported the South China Morning Post.
China has no plans to push North Korea toward Russian Federation or the U.S.
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