North Korea testing biological warheads for its missiles

North Korea said to be testing anthrax-tipped ballistic missiles
North Korea now testing anthrax on ICBMs: report
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22 December, 2017

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

The Director of Press of the Institute for American Studies of North Korea Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that such accusation is another example of the USA habit to pander fiction as "truth", Xinhua news agency reported.

The Trump administration also said in its National Security Strategy document released this week that the rogue regime was developing a missile capable of carrying biological weapons.

The Asahi report said the US Government was aware of the tests, which were meant to ascertain whether the anthrax bacteria could survive the high temperatures that occur during warheads' re-entry from space. Russian Federation and China, while condemning Kim's missile launches, have attempted also to rein in the North Korean leader through dialogue.

One interesting nugget in the report on top of this is that the USA and its ally South Korea appear to have known about this since 2004, as the nations have vaccinated soldiers against anthrax since then.

"The more the United States clings to the anti-DPRK stifling move. the more hardened the determination of our entire military personnel and people to take revenge will be", the report said.

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Biological warfare controversies on the flashpoint peninsula date back to the 1950-53 Korean War, when communist sources claimed that United States deployed biological weapons - notably, infective insects - on North Korea.

North Korea sees the regular joint exercises as preparation for war.

North Korea might be trying to equip its new intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal with biological weapons-specifically anthrax-according to a new report.

The news comes just days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in hinted at the possibility of a thaw in relations with China and the North in advance of the Winter Olympics, scheduled for February 2018, by suggesting he was open to the idea of postponing military drills with the US.

Joshua H. Pollack, editor of the Nonproliferation Review and a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told the National Interest that using a biological weapon in conjunction with an ICBM makes little sense.

Fresh UN sanctions and ongoing missile tests have ratcheted up already high tensions between North Korea and the US. He was believed in some quarters to still be China's favored ruler of North Korea.


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