CIA forms special unit focused on North Korea threat

There was no elaboration in either the Xinhua report or the KCNA report on how many suspects North Korea was seeking, or of who or where they were, but Xinhua said North Korea had vowed to "hunt down to the last one of the suspects in every corner of the earth".

There are 10 such existing centres in the Central Intelligence Agency, and the new addition will be the most focused in terms of geographical area and remit - the Korean Peninsula now falls under the jurisdiction of the Mission Centre for East Asia and Pacific.

"I can say that the nuclear test will be conducted at the place and time as decided by our supreme leader, Kim Jong-un", Choe told Sky News as tensions around the Korean Peninsula escalates with the Japanese, South Korean and United States fleets all conducting naval drills in the region.

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Pompeo made an unannounced visit to South Korea earlier this month for talks on the Pyongyang threat.

No concrete evidence of the alleged plot has been provided by the North.

The CIA and the U.S. White House declined to comment on the statement from the North's Ministry of State Security last week. "According to our law, the Central Public Prosecutor's Office of the DPRK will use all available methods to start to work to demand the handover of the criminals involved, so as to punish the organizers, conspirators and followers of this awful state-sponsored terrorism", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said. State media said he was involved in the timber industry in Khabarovsk, which is one of the primary places North Koreans can go overseas to work.

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It noted that the plotters infiltrated a "terrorist" into South Korea, who had satellite communications equipment.

The move comes as North Korea appears poised to undertake its sixth nuclear test, a move that would exacerbate jitters across East Asia. The North also said "a guy surnamed Han" taught Kim how to enlist accomplices. The Korea Mission Center is the agency's 11th mission center, along with others like the Mission Center for Counterterrorism and the Mission Center for Global Issues, drawing on resources from the CIA.

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