North Korea has denied a WND report that it had any links to the Boston Marathon bombing which killed three people and wounded some 180 people on April 15, the day of North Korea’s commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the country’s founder, Kim Il Sung.
The North Korean news agency, KCNA, or Korean Central News Agency, dismissed the report, saying it was an attempt by “hostile forces” to damage the country’s reputation and raise “false propaganda which does not deserve even a passing note,” even though KCNA devoted an entire commentary to it.
“We stress again that we have no links to al-Qaida and by signing on to international anti-terrorism agreements, continue to maintain a stance against any form of terrorism,” KCNA said in a commentary.
The KCNA commentary added it will not hide behind terrorism if it ever feels the need to strike the U.S.
“When (North Korea) feels necessary to strike the U.S., it would not resort to such heinous terrorism in hiding,” KCNA said.
In responding to the WND article, it was the first and only time North Korea has commented on the Boston bombing.
Prior to the revelation that the actual bombers where from the Caucasus region of Russia, WND had speculated that North Korea could not be ruled out as a suspect since it had been threatening the United States for weeks with a pre-emptive nuclear strike and attacks on South Korea.
The North Korean threats followed recent United Nations sanctions imposed on the country for missile and nuclear weapons tests in defiance of previous U.N. sanctions. In addition, Pyongyang had raised the rhetoric against the U.S. and South Korea to bellicose levels due to ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises which are to continue until the end of April.
The WND story also revealed the Hermit State had a history of terrorist attacks without taking credit for them, as well as having had a relationship with al-Qaida which also could be used as a proxy for North Korea.
The WND story suggested such a link may still exist, since the bombs used in the marathon bombing were made from pressure-cookers, which Islamist militants in Afghanistan and Iraq have used against U.S. troops.
Instructions to make pressure-cooker improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are well-documented in al-Qaida’s first volume of Inspire magazine, which was published in the summer of 2010.
Written by “The AQ Chef,” the article is titled “Make A Bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom.” The detailed instructions show how to use off-the-shelf kitchen ingredients to make a powerful pressure-cooker bomb.
The North Korea-al-Qaida relationship has been known to U.S. intelligence officials for years.
In 2010, for example, a U.S. intelligence report released by Wikileaks stated that in November 2005, then-al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden’s financial adviser flew to North Korea from Iran. In that meeting was Hezb-Islami party leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who for years has been in Afghanistan killing U.S. troops.
They had gotten together to negotiate the purchase of ground-to-air missiles from North Korea.
“While in North Korea,” the U.S. intelligence report said, “the two confirmed a deal with the North Korean government for remote controlled rockets for use against American and coalition aircraft.”
The report went on to say that the shipment of the weapons was expected beginning in 2006.
In 2007, there was a separate report that a CH-47 Chinook helicopter was downed by a missile.
“The impact of the missile projected the aft end of the aircraft up as it burst into flames followed immediately by a nose dive into the crash site with no survivors,” according to a May 30, 2007, intelligence report also leaked by Wikileaks.
The Inspire magazine article, which went into considerable detail on how to make a pressure-cooker bomb, was meant to provide instructions at home instead of “risking a dangerous travel abroad.”
“Look no further,” it said, “the open source jihad is now at hands reach.
“The open source jihad is America’s worst nightmare,” the magazine warned.
The magazine asked the question, “Can I make an effective bomb that causes damage to the enemy from ingredients available in any kitchen in the world?
“The answer is yes,” it said.
The magazine pointed out that ingredients are readily available.
“Buying these ingredients does not raise suspicion,” it said. “It is easily disposed of if the enemy searches your home. Sniffing dogs are not trained to recognize them as bomb making ingredients. In one or two days the bomb could be ready to kill at least 10 people. In a month you may make a bigger and more lethal bomb that could kill tens of people.”
Many details remain unclear, but it appears no TNT, C4 or other high explosives were in the Boston Marathon pressure-cooker bomb.
Inspire magazine gave instructions on a mechanical explosion using a flammable material which, when ignited within a confined space, causes great pressure.
It could be gunpowder, or, as instructions in Inspire magazine point out, a mixture of two ingredients of shavings from matchheads and sugar that would go into the preparation of the explosive substance.
The substance then would be placed in the pressure-cooker or an iron pipe, using the head of a lamp as an igniter, along with an electricity source – a 9-volt battery – along with a basic clock with its minute hand wired to touch a pre-positioned nail to detonate the device.
The entire North Korean statement is:
Pyongyang, April 20 (KCNA) – The U.S. internet newspaper World Net Daily speaking for U.S. conservative forces recently released a false story linking the bomb explosion during the Boston Marathon to the DPRK. It reported the misinformation that the DPRK used such an agent as al-Qaida for attacking the U.S.
The DPRK categorically dismisses this anti-DPRK ruckus made by the conservative daily bereft of any elementary appearance as a medium as a false propaganda which does not deserve even a passing note.
Its act of charging the DPRK with bomb explosion in Boston by deliberately linking it to al-Qaida is part of the hostile forces’ sinister plots to tarnish its international prestige out of their inveterate repugnance towards it.
The U.S. conservative forces seek to re-list the DPRK on the “sponsor of terrorism” and take it as a target of “anti-terror war” as it did in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The DPRK would like to stress once again that it has no touch with al-Qaida and has consistently maintained the stand of opposing all forms of terrorism by acceding to international conventions against terrorism.
When the DPRK feels necessary to strike the U.S., it would not resort to such heinous terrorism in hiding.
The U.S. conservative forces should have felt ashamed of its behavior to tarnish the image of the DPRK, a full-fledged nuclear weapons state, through such mean practice.