DPRK rejects US media reports on biological weapons program

Kelvin Reese
December 23, 2017

The Hermit Kingdom is beginning experiments to test out if anthrax can endure vast heat and pressure it will have to endure when loaded into an ICBM and launched toward the earth's atmosphere, Japan's Asahi newspaper reported, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korea's intelligence services.

A Japanese newspaper says that North Korea has begun to load anthrax onto its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The testing comes as North Korea is under increasingly strict global sanctions for its missile and nuclear weapons testing.

The source said that Pyongang is testing the germ-leaden missiles with heat and pressure at degrees of 7,000 degrees or higher to see if anthrax can survive the heat.

Anthrax is an infection of the skin, lungs, intestines or blood caused by Bacillus anthracis.

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According to Ashai, an unconfirmed intelligence report claimed North Korea has already succeeded in such experiments.

North Korea claimed it had completed its nuclear force after it fired a new Hwasong-15 ICBM in late November.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 22, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting the test-fire of a ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2.

"They are also the American politicians and the white supremacists making conceived attempts for state terrorism and racial extinction through overt research and development of the biological weapons in the worldwide-scattered USA laboratories", it said. US troops stationed in South Korea have been vaccinated against anthrax for over a decade, according to the newspaper.

North Korea has used chemical agents in the past to conduct attacks and assassinations, such as the February 2016 assassination of Kim Jong Un's half brother Kim Jong Nam using a VX agent at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

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