Report: North Korea Begins Tests to Load Anthrax Onto ICBMs

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By Reuters
December 20, 2017World News
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Report: North Korea Begins Tests to Load Anthrax Onto ICBMs
This Nov. 29, 2017, image provided by the North Korean government on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third from left, and what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, in North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Japan’s Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korean intelligence, that North Korea was conducting biological experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The Asahi report said the U.S. government was aware of the tests, which were meant to ascertain whether the anthrax bacteria could survive the high temperatures that occur during warheads’ re-entry from space.

Reuters was unable to verify the report independently.

In a statement released by state media, North Korea‘s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called reports it was developing biological weapons “nonsense” designed to provoke a nuclear war.

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North Korea said the new missile reached an altitude of about 4,475 km (2,780 miles) – more than 10 times the height of the International Space Station – and flew 950 km (590 miles) during its 53-minute flight. (Reuters/KCNA)
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The United States has given China a draft resolution for tougher U.N. sanctions on North Korea and is hoping for a quick vote on it by the U.N. Security Council, a Western diplomat said on Tuesday, however, Beijing has yet to sign on.

Among the steps it wants is a tightening of restrictions on North Korea‘s supply of refined petroleum, which is capped by previous U.N. sanctions at 2 million barrels a year.

The United States has also called on the Security Council to blacklist 10 ships for circumventing sanctions on North Korea.

The documents said vessels had been conducting ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels or transporting North Korean coal in violation of existing U.N. sanctions.

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