North Korea begins tests to load anthrax onto ICBMs

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.

Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported Tuesday that Pyongyang had undertaken heat and pressure resistance tests, citing an intelligence source in South Korea.

Tensions have continued to rise between North Korea, its regional rivals and the United States. However, North Korea has set to flawless its re-entry technology. A recent ICBM test by North Korea, allegedly of a missile that could strike the us with a nuke, did not survive re-entry into the atmosphere.

Pyongyang is estimated to have 13 types of pathogens such as anthrax and clostridium botulinum that can be used as biological weapons, according to a 2016 report by the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses.

The report about the North's testing of anthrax came after the US published its National Security Strategy, a document that said Pyongyang was "pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile".

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The report said the testing involves ensuring anthrax survives the huge temperatures generated during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

It read: "North Korea-a country that starves its own people-has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland".

A week ago, the Washington Post reported that US military officials suspected North Korea of preparing biological weapons as part of their arsenal.

Kim Jong Un's scientists launched its "greatest" ICBM in late November that the regime claimed could carry a "super-heavy nuclear warhead" that could strike "the whole mainland of the U.S".

  • Carlos Nash