North Korea calls for execution of Park Geun-hye over 'assassination' plot
South Korea's ousted president Park Geun-hye (C) arrives for the hearing after which she was arrested. Photograph: (AFP)
North Korea said on Wednesday it has issued a standing order to execute South Korea’s former president Park Geun-hye and her spy chief Lee Byung-ho, the Korean Central News Agency said.
The order was issued for a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un, it said.
KCNA said "revelation showed" Park had masterminded a plot to execute its "supreme leadership" in 2015 and it was imposing the "death penalty on traitor Park Geun-hye".
"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," KCNA said.
Park was ousted in March over a corruption scandal and is in detention while on trial.
Responding to the news report, South Korea’s National Intelligence Agency (NIS) said it “had no grounds”.