Defected North Korea soldier ‘vaccinated’ against Anthrax amid fears Kim Jong-un plans to use bio-weapons to spread lethal infectious disease
Hermit state is believed to be capable of producing biological agents that could kill millions and be fitted to rockets capable of reaching the US.
A NORTH Korean soldiers who defected this year may have been vaccinated against Anthrax – sparking fears Kim Jong-un’s henchmen have weaponized the killer disease.
South Korean authorities have revealed he was found to have antibodies in his bloodstreams which may suggest he has developed an immunity.
The soldier’s identity has not been revealed but it is believed he was either exposed to anthrax or directly vaccinated against it, reports UPI.
South Korean news network Channel A reported a South Korean intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
He said: “Anthrax antibodies have been found in the North Korean soldier who defected this year.”
The deadly disease can kill at least 80 percent of those who are exposed to the bacterium in 24 hours, unless antibiotics are taken or vaccination is available.
It is understood South Korea’s military have yet to build up enough stocks of the anthrax vaccine.
Defence Ministry spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo has said an anthrax “vaccine is expected to be developed by the end of 2019”.
The presidential office denied on Sunday that it had only imported anthrax vaccines for leader and his inner circle.
Meanwhile North Korea’s neighbours say the rogue state is now conducting illegal biological weapons tests to see if it can load anthrax-laden warheads onto its missiles.
The shocking report – out of Japan today – cites top-level contacts within the South Korean intelligence service.
The Asahi newspaper report said the US 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.
North Korea has a stockpile of between 2,500 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, and is capable of producing biological agents such as anthrax and smallpox, South Korea stated.
The terrifying revelations come a day after the White House published its National Security Strategy, a document that said Pyongyang is “pursuing chemical and biological weapons which could also be delivered by missile”.
“North Korea – a country that starves its own people – has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland,” the report said.
However, today Kim’s rogue state said it will “take revenge” on the US for saying Pyongyang is developing biological weapons.
North Korea said via its state media Korean Central News Agency that: “As a state party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), [it] maintains its consistent stand to oppose development, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of biological weapons.”
“The more the US clings to the anti-[North Korea] stifling move… the more hardened the determination of our entire military personnel and people to take revenge will be,” said the KCNA.
KCNA called the US claims “groundless” and said it was just an excuse for harsher sanctions after President Donald Trump labelled North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism.
Earlier this month, North Korea claimed it had completed its nuclear force after it fired a new Hwasong-15 ICBM in late November. It brags the rocket can hit the mainland US.
South Korea assessed the missile – North Korea’s largest yet – and found it could potentially fly 13,000 kilometres and reach Washington.
The worrying news comes as South Korean President Moon Jae-in is seeking to soothe relations with China and Kim Jong-un before the Winter Olympics starts in his home country in February.
Moon suggested he was even prepared to scrap his country’s long-running military drills with the US. Pyongyang has long described the joint exercises on land, air and sea as nothing more than preparations for war.
Earlier this week Boris Johnson warned Tory MPs that North Korea could hit London with a missile in as little as six months.
And the Foreign Secretary told a private Westminster meeting on Wednesday that the United States could pull all of their military presence out of South Korea in a bid to convince China to step in to topple crazed Communist Kim.
Mr Johnson’s dire warning – revealed today by Sun columnist James Forsyth – echoes similar doomsday predictions from military top brass.
Sir Richard Barrons, the ex-commander of Joint Forces Command, said in November that the rogue state could develop nuclear weapons capable of striking the UK within a year and half.
He told MPs: “We are looking at North Korea which within the next 12 to 18 months will make a nuclear missile to an intercontinental range ballistic missile that could reach London and we can’t deal with that.”
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 UK could be a target.
And he added that an accidental clash was “extremely great”.
North Korea’s leader has repeatedly infuriated world leaders by carrying out a variety of illegal nuclear tests.
Mr Johnson also warned that a military solution to the problem would be “catastrophic”, and insisted local superpower China must step up diplomatic pressure.
However, Bejing would ask a high prize to take more action – possibly forcing America to withdraw from the region.