The Hermit Kingdom is beginning experiments to test out if anthrax can endure enormous 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.
Kim Jong-un's rogue state is conducting biological weapons experiments with intention of developing a way of putting the deadly bacteria into missiles capable of travelling 8,000 miles, according to a report in Japan's Asahi newspaper. The 56-page unclassified strategy document states that Pyongyang is "pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile".
The Asahi newspaper report said the United States government is aware of the tests, which were meant to ascertain whether the anthrax bacteria could survive the high temperatures that occur when warheads re-enter from space.
South Korea has long suspected North Korea was developing biological weapons. Shorter range missiles such as the No Dong would nearly certainly be launched against USA military bases in Japan, Guam, and South Korea, loaded with nuclear weapons, chemical weapons or anthrax.
"To send North Korea a unified message from the global community, that we will not accept you as a nuclear nation", US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
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.
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North Korea's state-run Central News Agency vehemently denied the claims, saying, 'Properly speaking, it is the USA stereotyped method to cook up untruths as truths, stubbornly insisting that black is white and fabricating anything for satisfying their aggressive greed. The global community, including its only diplomatic ally in China, have rounded on the regime to impose the strongest sanctions on Pyongyang yet.
North Korea's leader has repeatedly infuriated world leaders by carrying out a variety of illegal nuclear tests.
Experts say that North Korea's drive to create biological pesticides and fertilizers may provide the facilities as well as a cover for a biological weapons program.
No country has recognized North Korea as a nuclear power despite its claim to have nuclear capabilities.
To combat any attack from its neighbor, with which South Korea technically remains at war, South Korean scientists have been working to train artificial intelligence that can detect anthrax at fast speeds.
Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was murdered with VX agent in Malaysia this year.