North Korea Threatens to Arm Its Missiles With Biological Weapons
- Author: Adam Floyd Dec 22, 2017,
Dec 22, 2017, 0:28
North Korea on Wednesday refuted the reports by some U.S. media that Pyongyang is pushing forward her "biological weapons development programme" amid its development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capacities.
According to Asahi's source, Pyongyang is "conducting heat and pressure resistance tests" to see if the anthrax bacteria can survive the 7,000 degrees Celsius or higher temperatures that an reentry vehicle would encounter upon reentering the Earth's atmosphere.
South Korea assessed the missile - North Korea's largest yet - could potentially fly 13,000 kilometres and reach Washington, though additional analysis was needed to determine whether it was capable of re-entry. The report was even verified in President Donald Trump's new national security strategy, which stated North Korea was "pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile".
According to the Asahi report, the U.S. has known about North Korea's anthrax research for a while.
North Korea has stepped up its missile and nuclear tests to an unprecedented rate this year, and any new provocation from the North would "inevitably have an impact" on the exercises, the Blue House official said.
Third, although North Korea does have an biological weapons program, it's been eclipsed by the country's nuclear program.More news: New Wreaths Across America group honors 2100 veterans' graves in North Huntingdon
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. Biological weapons are more deniable - unless deployed by a system as visible as an ICBM.
Because they can survive in such harsh climates, Anthrax spores have been weaponised by at least five countries: Britain, Japan, the United States, Russia and Iraq.
The most recent North Korean offense that's made headlines, however, was that the rogue nation was behind the WannaCry cyberattack, which affected hundreds of thousands of computers last summer. The body of someone who had live Anthrax spores at the time can also spread them.
Back in September the former Defence Secretary Sir Micheal Fallon warned about the risk of North Korean nukes - and said it would only be a matter of time before the United Kingdom could be a target.
According to the newspaper, an unconfirmed intelligence report claims North Korea has already successfully tested such a warhead under those conditions.
North Korea has also been hit with increased global sanctions over its missile and nuclear tests this year.