The Hermit Kingdom is beginning experiments to test out if anthrax can endure huge 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.
SEOUL-North Korea has begun tests to load anthrax onto intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to an intelligence source here.
According to the report, "Pyongyang is conducting heat and pressure resistance tests to see whether anthrax germs can survive at temperatures of 7,000 degrees or higher, the level an ICBM encounters when it re-enters Earth's atmosphere". Skin infections of anthrax are less deadly.
North Korea on Wednesday refuted the reports by some USA media that Pyongyang is pushing forward her "biological weapons development programme" amid its development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capacities.
North Korea has a store of between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, South Korea has previously said, adding that it was capable of producing biological agents like anthrax and smallpox.
This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang.
"It is the USA that conducts military aggressions and cruise missile attacks on sovereign states in broad daylight while faking "possession of WMD" and "use of chemical weapons" of those countries", said the statement.
The United States also has come to the same conclusion. Of course, most people who reside in Washington, D.C. and the rest of the US have not been vaccinated against anthrax and smallpox, so the possibility of a disease-filled warhead - from a nation that's perfecting its long-range missile technology - is more frightening than any plague-filled Stephen King novel. President Donald Trump has engaged in bellicose rhetoric with the North Korean leader, who has referred to him as a "dolt".
South Korean scientists have been working to train artificial intelligence that can detect anthrax at fast speeds to combat any attack from its neighbor, with which it technically remains at war.