Saturday, October 7, 2017

North Korea has a terrifying biological weapons programme capable of wiping out tens of thousands of troops and civilians if war breaks out.

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Experts fear the rogue state has developed and stored more than a dozen killer agents that could be fired into South Korea or further if Kim Jong-un ’s regime is threatened.
Among the illnesses it may be able to deliver by missile, bomb or plane-sprayer are Anthrax, Smallpox, the Plague, Botulism, Cholera, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Dystentry and Typhus.


Bacillus bacteria
 
Bacillus bacteria that causes Anthrax
There are even many of the killer bio-agents have been tested on human beings, whilst Kim Jong-un’s laboratory technicians are forced to work without protection.
Researchers at intelligence company AMPLYFI teamed up with Harvard in America to harvest the dark web for information about Pyongyang’s 50 year-old bio-weapons programme.
Using an artificial intelligence tool called DataVoyant researchers mined 840,000 websites that contained biological references and 23,000 were found to have links to North Korea.
In their report called North Korea’s Biological Weapons Program, researchers also say image analysis of Pyongyang’s Bio-technical Institute suggests it could “produce military-style batches of biological weapons - specifically anthrax.”
It continues: “The most recent statement by the South Korean Defence Ministry is that ‘North Korea has 13 types of biological weapons which it can weaponise withing ten days.
“And anthrax and smallpox are the likely agents it would deploy."
Meanwhile, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which is seeking a ban on nuclear arms.


 
North Korean soldiers march during a military parade in Pyongyang in April
Berit Reiss-Andersen, the leader of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said: "We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time.
"Some states are modernising their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea."
Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of ICAN, a coalition of grassroots non-government groups, said in response to rising tensions on the Korean peninsula and the war of words between Kim and US President Donald Trump: "Nuclear weapons are illegal. Threatening to use nuclear weapons is illegal.
"Having nuclear weapons, possessing nuclear weapons, developing nuclear weapons, is illegal, and they need to stop."


North Korea's nuclear and missile tests in 2017

February 11: New medium-range Pukguksong-2 (KN-15) ballistic missile launched into Sea of Japan, travelling 310 miles.
March 6: Five medium-range Scud-er ballistic missiles launched into the Sea of Japan, with four travelling more than 600 miles.
March 21: Mobile-launched missile explodes moments after launch in failed test.
April 4: Medium-range KN-17 ballistic missile test-fired into the Sea of Japan, travelling just 34 miles after spinning out of control.
April 15: KN-17 missile explodes almost immediately after take-off.
April 28: KN-17 missile travels just 21 miles before breaking apart in mid-air.
May 14: Missile, believed to be a KN-17, flies about 480 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan.
May 21: Another KN-17 test, with the projectile travelling more than 300 miles into the same sea.
May 29: A short-range ballistic missile was tracked for six minutes before landing in the sea.
June 8: Anti-ship missiles fired into the Sea of Japan.
July 4: North Korea tests its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a Hwasong-14 which crashed into the Sea of Japan after travelling about 580 miles.
July 28: Another ICBM is test-fired, flying 621 miles for 45 minutes - the longest flight of a ballistic missile fired by North Korea - before crashing into the sea inside Japan's Economic Exclusion Zone.
August 26: Three short-range ballistic missiles are test-fired, with the second blowing up within seconds and the third failing in flight.
August 29: North Korea fires a KN-17 over northern Japan - sparking evacuations and air raid sirens in towns - and it travels 1,667 miles before breaking apart.
September 3: Pyongyang carries out its sixth test of a nuclear weapon, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb, causing a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Experts say the device was up to eight times more powerful than the bomb the US dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.
September 15: Another ballistic missile - the 14th missile test of the year - is fired over northern Japan, this time flying for about 2,300 miles before hitting the sea.

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