North Korea has called for the assassination of a former foreign leader, revealing the dangerously erratic nature of its own government.
Reuters reported that the rogue nation issued an order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and one of her associates for what it said was a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in 2015.
The Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s propaganda outlet, said “revelation showed” that Park was behind a conspiracy to execute its “supreme leadership” and it was therefore declaring a “death penalty on traitor Park Geun-hye” and her spy chief, Lee Byung-ho.
The KCNA said the assassination plot was scrapped when lawmakers impeached Park last December over a corruption scandal.
Despite the impeachment, the North demanded that South Korea hand over Park and Lee under “international convention” because they committed “state-sponsored terrorism,” Fox News reported.
“We declare that in case the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces again attempt at hideous state-sponsored terrorism targeting the supreme leadership … we will impose summary punishment without advance notice,” KCNA said, according to Reuters.
An official from the South’s National Intelligence Agency, who did not wish to be identified, said the allegations not true, Fox reported.
Relations between the two Koreas deteriorated under Park’s conservative leadership, which maintained an uncompromising attitude toward North Korea, so it’s not surprising to see the North harboring resentment.
In fact, this isn’t the first time the North has made such accusations. In May, it accused the United States and South Korea of plotting to assassinate Kim.
It’s troubling to see the North behave so erratically.
A call for the execution of an impeached leader of another country over something that allegedly happened two years ago is worrisome, leaving little room for anything but to act before Kim does something he and his country will regret.
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