North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt

It is unusual for North Korea to directly criticise Beijing

In February, it stopped importing coal from the North for the rest of the year, partly as a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's tough stance raising the possibility of military action to stop Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons. People who have appeared at such staged events have later said they were coerced.

Yoo, who employed 430 North Korean workers at a semiconductor parts manufacturing plant in Kaesong, said his revenue has halved since he was forced to leave the industrial zone past year.

"This is money that Kim Jong-un uses to advance his nuclear and missile program, and also pay his generals, buying their loyalty to his brutal regime", he said.

In commentary published Wednesday by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KNCA), one Kim Chol scolded China for "crossing the red line" and agreeing to level stricter sanctions against North Korea, saying there would be "grave" consequences for Beijing's "reckless remarks". North Korea has repeatedly demanded their return.

South Koreans continue to protest against the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) in their country.

South Korea said the workers chose to resettle in the South on their own.

Goods produced by North Korean forced labor would be barred from entering the United States, under the bill.

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During the 40-minute meeting, Singh and Vohra reviewed the ground situation in the Valley and the steps taken to control it. A Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was also killed in the ceasefire violation which is drawing huge criticism.

The U.S. Embassy in Seoul and South Korea's National Intelligence Service were not immediately available for comment, Reuters reported.

North Korea often arranges news conferences for foreign detainees during which they read statements that purport to acknowledge their wrongdoing and praise the North's political system.

The threatened South Korean media companies included TV station Channel A, which described the festivals involving tens of thousands of children as an Adolf Hitler-style "political show".

China moved to ratchet up pressure on the North after a series of meetings among high-ranking Chinese officials, presenting their position at the April 28 UN Security Council ministerial meeting on the North Korean issue.

For South Koreans living next door to a hostile, nuclear-armed state that regularly threatens their annihilation, their vote in Tuesday's presidential election likely will be based in part on each candidate's plan for how to handle North Korea.

The two intelligence agencies, "hotbed of evils in the world, hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK", the news agency said, using the initials of the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

While it has passed the House of Representatives it still requires a vote in the U.S. Senate and then the President's signature before being fully adopted. The only commando captured said he had come to "slit the throat" of Park Chung-hee.

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