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NKorea diplomat: Malaysia killing was US, SKorea conspiracy

  • CORRECTS NAME SPELLING - Pak Myong Ho, minister of the North Korean Embassy in China, walks past portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during a press conference in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pak says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    CORRECTS NAME SPELLING - Pak Myong Ho, minister of the North Korean Embassy in China, walks past portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during a press conference in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pak says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pak Myong Ho, minister of the North Korean Embassy in China, listens to questions during a press conference in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pak says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Pak Myong Ho, minister of the North Korean Embassy in China, listens to questions during a press conference in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pak says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pak Myong Ho, minister of the North Korean Embassy in China, walks past portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during a press conference in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pak says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Pak Myong Ho, minister of the North Korean Embassy in China, walks past portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during a press conference in Beijing, China, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pak says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)  (The Associated Press)

A North Korean diplomat says the killing of a man confirmed by Malaysian police to be the half brother of North Korea's leader was a political conspiracy engineered by Washington and Seoul.

Pak Myong Ho, a minister at North Korea's embassy in Beijing, said Thursday the killing in Malaysia last month was a "despicable and extremely dangerous" plot by the U.S. and South Korea aimed at smearing North Korea's image and subverting its regime.

Pak said "indiscriminate claims of behind-the-scenes manipulation" would fail, referring to allegations by South Korea's spy agency that North Korea masterminded the assassination.

North Korea has demanded that Malaysia hand over the body and objected when it conducted an autopsy. It also has refused to acknowledge that the victim was the half brother of its leader.