N.Korea's Biochemical Weapons 'More Dangerous Than Nukes'

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    January 17, 2019 12:34

    North Korea's chemical and biological weapons are a more underestimated threat than its nuclear weapons, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

    "A single gallon of anthrax, if suitably distributed, could end human life on Earth. Even so, the Trump administration has given scant attention to North Korea's pursuit of living weapons," the daily said.

    Several North Korean defectors who were soldiers tested positive for smallpox antibodies, "suggesting they were either exposed to the deadly virus or vaccinated against it," it added.

    Intelligence analysts Amplyfi detected a sharp increase in North Korean Internet searches for "antibiotic resistance," "microbial dark matter" and similar terms, "hinting at a growing interest in advanced gene and germ research."

    South Korea's military said in its latest defense white paper on Tuesday that "North Korea produced between 2,500 to 5,000 tons of chemical and biological weapons since the 1980s, while it is capable of cultivating and producing a wide range of biological weapons including anthrax, smallpox and bubonic plague."

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