North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean president Park Geun-hye.
According to the North’s state news agency KCNA, a “revelation showed” Park had planned to assassinate its leader in 2015.
“We declare at home and abroad that we will impose the death penalty on traitor Park Geun-hye and ex-director of the puppet intelligence service … criminals of hideous state-sponsored terrorism who hatched and pressed for the heinous plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).
“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.
The North has demanded that the South hand over Park and her spy chief at the time, Lee Byung-ho, so they can be issued with the death penalty.
Reuters reports that Japanese newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun, this week reported that Park had signed off on a plan orchestrated by the South’s spy agency to overturn Kim Jong Un.
Park was ousted in March over a corruption scandal and is in detention in South Korea while on trial.
South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency (NIS) said the report “had no grounds” and that it was “unpardonable” that the North made threats against its citizens.
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