Officials in North Korea accused the United States of using its war on terror as a means to overthrow hostile governments, including an alleged attempt to dethrone Kim Jong Un earlier this year.
North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency made the allegations in article published Friday, claiming the U.S. is “the main culprit behind terrorism.”
Pyongyang’s representatives to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly clarified that they are committed to fighting terrorism, though “the main reason international terrorism is not yet annihilated” is because of U.S. interference, Newsweek reported.
“In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated into our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. and South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out a state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed,” the article reads.
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It continues on to described the United States as a “chameleon” that “changes its colors” so it can overthrow governments, particularly in the Middle East, where the KCNA said it used counterterrorism and nonproliferation of weapons interchangeably to justify wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.
All three countries are still at war, and the article cited the latter two as governments that ended their nuclear programs only to be attacked by the United States down the line.
The U.S. and North Korea have long been at odds over Pyongyang’s weapons. The government said it wouldn’t consider giving up its nuclear program or weapons unless the United States ends its hostile policy toward them.
Tensions between the two countries have recently been ramped up, with President Trump most recently referring to the North Korea leader as “Little Rocket Man” on Twitter.
“Being nice to Rocket Man hasn’t worked in 25 years, why would it work now,” he tweeted earlier this month. “Clinton failed, Bush failed, Obama failed. I won’t fail.”
Kim, on his end, has responded similarly: with name-calling and threats of his own.