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 former US government official was also quoted as saying USA troops in South Korea have been vaccinated against smallpox and anthrax since 2004 because "Washington had apparently been aware for some time that North Korea is culturing anthrax". Above, the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile.
The report by NTI also stated North Korea was capable of indigenously producing other agents of biological warfare including Variola major (smallpox), Francisella tularensis (rabbit fever), and Bunyaviridae Hantavirus (Korean hemorrhagic fever). When an intercontinental ballistic missile reenters the earth's atmosphere, it could reach about 7000 degrees of heat.
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"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", the report said.
In a statement issued via the state Korean Central News Agency, the regime said it is party to the Biological Weapons Convention and maintains a consistent stand against the development, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of biological weapons.