N Korea denies claim over US bombing

2013-04-21 16:02
(Photo: Shutterstock)

(Photo: Shutterstock) (http://www.shutterstock.com)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Seoul - North Korea has dismissed a claim by a right-wing US website that it may have been behind the deadly bombings in Boston, decrying the report as "false propaganda" and insisting that it is against all terrorism.

"When the (North) feels necessary to strike the US, it would not resort to such heinous terrorism in hiding," Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

WorldNetDaily (WND), a controversial US website that carries news and commentary from a conservative viewpoint, published an article on Wednesday claiming North Korea might be involved in Monday's attack that left three dead and 180 injured.

"The Boston Marathon bombing...(raised) questions among analysts whether Pyongyang, as in some of its past terrorism, used proxies to carry out the attack," it said, amid ongoing tensions between North Korea and the United States.

The website also claimed the communist nation had "a history of a relationship" with al-Qaeda, which teaches in its online magazine how to make the type of pressure-cooker bomb used in the Boston attacks.

The WND report came before Boston police caught the two brothers of Chechen origin who are suspected of carrying out the marathon attack.

One was killed in a shootout and the other remains in hospital after he was apprehended late on Friday.

The North's Korean Central News Agency, in an editorial published late on Saturday, slammed the WND claim as "false propaganda which does not deserve even a passing note".

It denied any links between Pyongyang and al-Qaeda and accused the conservative website of cooking up "sinister plots" to tarnish North Korea's image.

"The (North) would like to stress once again that it has no touch with al-Qaeda and has consistently maintained the stand of opposing all forms of terrorism," the English-language editorial said.

North Korea has for weeks been issuing threats of missile strikes and nuclear war against South Korea and the United States, angered by fresh UN sanctions imposed for its latest nuclear test and by joint South Korea-US military exercises.

Read more on:    us  |  north korea  |  boston explosions  |  security

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.