North Korea has been hurling wild, unconfirmed accusations at the U.S. and its allies for years.
Most recently, Pyongyang accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) Friday of hiring a North Korean lumberjack working in Russia to detonate a “radioactive” and “nano-poisonous” bomb at a military parade to eliminate Kim Jong Un.
The latest accusation is just one of a number of North Korean conspiracy theories.
Pyongyang criticized South Korea in 2012, alleging that Seoul had sent a North Korean defector back to blow up statues of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung with remote-controlled explosives. South Korea said that the North’s claims were “completely false.”
North Korea claimed in 2014 that the U.S. created Ebola and experimented with the disease in Africa to test its capabilities as a biological warfare agent. The article in the Pyongyang Times appears to reference a blog post. While this theory has been posited before, it has not been confirmed. North Korea claimed in 2015 that it had invented a miracle drug capable of preventing and curing Ebola, as well as AIDS, Sars, and Mers, so the regime apparently has little to worry about.
Two years ago, the North accused the U.S. of targeting it with Anthrax as part of American “biological warfare schemes.” A State Department spokesman called the allegations “ridiculous.”
Pyongyang decried its southern neighbor in 2016 for allegedly releasing tons of snakes into North Korean territory. Such an absurd accusation is equivalent to an earlier accusation that the U.S. dispatched stick bugs into North Korea to destroy the nation’s corn crop. For the first claim, few North Koreans detected a major increase in the number of snakes, and as for the second, the more accurate conclusion was that an improper use of pesticides had impacted North Korea’s agricultural yields.
Unwilling to acknowledge that its people are fleeing, the North regularly accuses the South of abducting North Korean citizens. When 13 North Korea restaurant workers in China defected to the South last year, Pyongyang claimed that South Korean spies kidnapped the workers. North Korea arrested a man it called a South Korean spy last year for allegedly sneaking into the North to abduct North Korean children.
North Korea has also repeatedly accused the U.S. of plotting preemptive nuclear strikes on Pyongyang, practicing dropping nuclear bombs on North Korea with planes which aren’t even capable of carrying nuclear devices, and planning a massive invasion of the North. Over the years, North Korea has also detained around a dozen U.S. citizens for anti-state activities allegedly designed by the American government to cripple the undesirable North Korean regime.
The stunning claims about the CIA are likely to find their place among the many unconfirmed North Korean accusations of the past.
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