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Fears North Korea is developing a biological weapons program

Reported discovery of anthrax antibodies in a North Korean defector has security analysts on edge; Lanhee Chen, Hoover fellow and former policy director for the Mitt Romney campaign, explains.


North Korean defector had anthrax antibodies in system, report says.

Traces of anthrax antibodies were discovered in the system of a North Korean soldier who had defected to South Korea at some point in 2017, a local South Korean television station reported Tuesday.
The soldier’s name and exact date of defection were not disclosed. But the defector is said to have been exposed to or vaccinated for anthrax, a serious bacterial disease, UPIreported, citing Channel A. They reportedly became immune to the disease before defection.
“Anthrax antibodies have been found in the North Korean soldier who defected this year,” according an unnamed South Korean official speaking to Channel A.

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“North Korea has started experiments such as heat and pressure equipment to prevent anthrax from dying even at a high temperature of over 7,000 degrees generated at the time of ICBM's re-entry into the atmosphere.”
- Report in Japanese newspaper Asahi
The tests were to determine if anthrax could handle the intense heat and pressure it would experience on an ICBM.


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