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North Korea wants South's spy chief extradited over alleged Kim plot


North Korean prosecutors Friday demanded the extradition of those they say plotted to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, including South Korea’s outgoing spy chief and unnamed “masterminds” in the US Central Intelligence Agency.
The demand comes a week after the North sensationally alleged it uncovered a US-South Korean plot to kill Kim with biochemical, radioactive or poisonous substances during a major event, such as a military parade.
The prosecutors on Friday said outgoing South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Lee Byung-ho and unnamed “masterminds in (the) CIA” are among those they intend to prosecute, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.
Lee leads the NIS, though new South Korean President Moon Jae-in has nominated a replacement.
The prosecutors called for the arrests and extraditions of those they say led or were involved with “the hideous state-sponsored crime.”
“The CIA can never dodge its responsibility for having played a mastermind role in the crime, ” the North’s Central Public Prosecutor’s Office said, according to KCNA.
Last week’s KCNA report claimed that members of the CIA and NIS worked with a North Korean citizen in a plot to “commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership, ” and that the plot was “recently uncovered and smashed.”
North Korea has a history of making unfounded claims, and CNN did not independently corroborate last week’s report.

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