North Korea’s Kim Jong-un appears to be working on yet another method for attacking other countries. He’s testing out a new form of biological warfare, according to South Korean intelligence officials.
The UK’s Daily Mail is reporting that the hermit kingdom is seeing if a weaponized form of the deadly bacteria Anthrax can survive the extremely high temperatures associated with a long-range missile’s flight.
According to Newsweek, the weaponized Anthrax could be put into the tip of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). When released, it would be deadly, killing up to 80 percent of the people who inhale it.
South Korea says the U.S. knows about the tests, and President Trump alluded to the possibility of a biological attack from North Korea in the National Security Strategy document he released on Monday, claiming that Kim Jong-un was “pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile.”
A South Korean source is suggesting Kim Jong-un might be looking at an Anthrax-tipped ICBM as a way to attack the American mainland in the meantime since it’s not believed that they’ve miniaturized a nuclear warhead yet that’s capable of hitting the continental U.S.
But Kim Jong-un vehemently denies that he’s planning a biological attack, vowing that if the U.S. officially accuses him of such, he’ll “take revenge” against us. He stated that his military regime “maintains its consistent stand to oppose development, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of biological weapons.”
According to UPROXX, the South Korean source also mentioned using weaponized smallpox to attack the U.S. Obtaining smallpox would be a problem, though, considering that it only exists in two laboratories in the world — one in Atlanta, Georgia and one in Russia — according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Not everyone is convinced that Kim Jong-un is prepared to use any weapon he has against the U.S. considering that President Trump promised to “totally destroy” North Korea if they attack us, according to NBC News. All this is coming just over six weeks ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Those international games are set to kick off on Feb. 9.
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